The Seminole Tribe of Florida

Hard Rock
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

It's 450 feet of larger-than-life rock n' roll novelty. 

From the Florida Turnpike, the giant guitar building that lights up neon blue and green at night has been almost impossible to miss since construction broke ground in the summer of 2017.

Now, it's finally open to the public.

 

The new guitar-shaped hotel is part of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood's $1.5 billion dollar expansion, for more gaming, dining, places to stay and shopping. 

Seminole Tribe
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The Ahfachkee School on the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Big Cypress Reservation unveiled a new state-of-the-art building at a ceremony Tuesday. 

It's a technology-focused renovation to a school that was first founded around the 1940s as Big Cypress Day School. The renovation is helping to accommodate a growing student body at the school. 

 

Aaron Sánchez-Guerra / WLRN News

The 435-foot tall glass building shaped like a guitar is hard to miss while driving on the Florida Turnpike in Broward County. 

As a monument to the Gibson Les Paul guitar and the growing development in Hollywood, the $1.5 billion dollar expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is the first of its kind in terms of opportunities - and challenges.  

 

Seminole Tribe Stops $350 Million Gambling Payments To State

May 15, 2019
Emily Michot / Miami Herald

The Seminole Tribe of Florida made good on threats Tuesday by telling Gov. Ron DeSantis it is quitting a long-standing revenue-sharing agreement with the state after negotiations on a new gambling deal went nowhere this spring.

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On Nov. 6, Florida voters will decide a crucial gambling fight.

Amendment 3, the Voter Approval of Casino Gambling Initiative, would give voters the "exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling" in the state. That means that any new casino gambling in Florida -- which includes casino games, card games, and slot machines -- would require voter approval through a constitutional amendment.

Tom Hudson

Gambling in Florida is a perennial issue for politicians and the public. It will be on this fall’s ballot for voters in two forms. One proposed constitutional amendment would ban greyhound racing. The other question is much larger: should voters have the exclusive right to expand gambling? If approved by at least 60 percent of voters, it would take that power away from state lawmakers.

Disney, Seminoles Sink $10 Million Into Gambling Fight

Aug 13, 2018

Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. and the Seminole Tribe of Florida continue upping the ante as they try to pass a constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in the state. 

The Seminole Tribe of Florida plans to eliminate plastic straws at its six casinos in the state.

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This week on The Florida Roundup ...

The state finds itself as a defendant in one lawsuit as well as in another soon-to-come lawsuit. 

We're joined by the Miami Herald's Mary Ellen Klas and Gary Fineout with the Associated Press to discuss a week of legal action in Florida.