Today is the legislatively-imposed deadline for completion of the gambling compact between Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Crist has cleared his schedule this morning and is stationed in South Florida where a final agreement has still not been completed. Legislators have still heard nothing.
The governor is scheduled to travel to Panama City at 4:15 eastern time, for an event there, followed by a fundraiser in Tallahassee this evening.
The Seminole's Tribal Council held its meeting Friday and agreed to approve a compact that appeared to be headed for rejection, because it failed to include some of the provisions sought by the legislature's lead negotiator, Rep. Bill Galvano. The governor's staff worked over the weekend and all eyes are now on them.
The tribe has told all of its spokespeople to hold off on any further comment until the governor makes his announcement. Stay tuned.