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Governor holds secret meeting with gambling execs

CasinoThe top executives of seven of South Florida gambling venues traveled to Tallahassee Wednesday to have a pre-arranged, closed-door meeting with Gov. Rick Scott who, in keeping with his un-even policies on transparency, kept it off his public agenda. 

The officials -- from the Isle of Capri, Dania, Mardi Gras, Calder, Magic City, Miami Jai Alai and Hialeah -- discussed their continued hopes for the Seminole gaming compact, sources close to the casinos told the Herald/Times.

The governor must either re-negotiate a portion of the gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida by the end of July, or forfeit about $116 million of annual revenue. Although the governor negotiates the deal, the Legislature will have the final say since it must approve it.

The pari-mutuels want to use the compact as an opportunity to lower their tax rate to better allow them to compete with the tribe.

Absent from the meeting was Gulfstream race track and casino and the Palm Beach County Kennel Club, the other two South Florida pari-mutuels. PBKC's top priority is to bring slot machines to the track and end the requirement that they race dogs in order to operate poker games.

 
Here is the public version of the governor's schedule:
 

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT’S SCHEDULE

FOR

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015

 

7:30-9:30am             STAFF AND CALL TIME

 

10:00am                      EDUCATION BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENT

Location:         Chromalloy

Address:          3409 Cragmont Dr

Tampa, FL

 

1:15pm                     LUNCH WITH FSU WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM

Location:         Governor’s Mansion

Address:          700 North Adams St

Tallahassee, FL

 

2:30pm                     MEETING WITH BILL MILLS, CEO OF CITIBANK, NORTH AMERICA

Location:         Florida State Capitol

Address:          400 South Monroe St

Tallahassee, FL

 

3:00-5:15pm             STAFF AND CALL TIME

 

5:20pm                     EFI BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECEPTION

Location:         Governor’s Mansion

Address:          700 North Adams St

Tallahassee, FL

 

7:00pm                       EFI BOARD OF DIRECTORS DINNER

Location:         Governor’s Club

Address:          202 S. Adams St

Tallahassee, FL

 

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