The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is celebrating a milestone of 10 years Tuesday.
Tribal leaders celebrated poolside, with an alligator procession that circled its way through the courtyard. It was meant to symbolize prosperity.
It seems to be working: casino leaders say they employ 3,300 people, with more jobs during construction, and that's not all.
"In 2013, our economic impact to the Bay area was over $590 million," said John Fontana, President of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. "With growth, we expect to see the economic impact of $6 billion for the next 10 years.
For a casino to be successful, they don't just give money away -- they share it as well. The casino pledged to give four organizations $100,000 each in installments of $10,000 per year, for the next 10 years.
Hands Across the Bay is one of the recipients. Julie Weintraub says they help those who fall through the cracks financially or otherwise, and this will be a big boost.
"We have cried like four times, this is unbelievable," Weintraub said. "When someone makes that donation to you and entrusts you with that money, it's a huge compliment."
The big question is where the casino goes from here. As it stands now, parts of the legal agreement between the tribe and the state regarding table games will expire next year. Negotiations are underway on whether to expand table games across the state of Florida.
"No comment... just can't comment on that right now," said Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming, holding his hand pretty close to the chest regarding the negotiations.
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