Altamonte Springs, FL - Governor Charlie Crist today applauded the Seminole Tribe of Florida for their $1.75 million contribution to the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling. The Governor joined the Seminole Tribe for a check presentation this afternoon where he thanked both the Seminole Tribe and the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling for their continued support for Floridians.
“I am grateful for Floridians like the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling who give their time and resources to support and educate their fellow Floridians,” said Governor Crist. “My administration has worked closely with the Seminole Tribe of Florida for three years and they have remained steadfastly committed to the betterment of our state.”
The Seminole Tribe's contribution is in addition to $1.1 million appropriated to the Florida Lottery and $750,000 appropriated to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for the council.
Earlier this year, Governor Crist signed a compact between the State of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida that will provide at least $1 billion over the next five years, as the state’s share of profits from Class III gaming on tribal lands. Governor Crist has encouraged the compact funds be used for funding education. After five years, the Legislature will revisit the terms of the revenue sharing.
Highlights of the compact include:
· Minimum Payments: At least $1 billion over the next five years of the compact:
o Fiscal Year 2010-11: $150 million
o Fiscal Year 2011-12: $150 million
o Fiscal Year 2012-13: $233 million
o Fiscal Year 2013-14: $233 million
o Fiscal Year 2014-15: $234 million
About the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling
The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is a not-for-profit organization that provides information, resource referrals, and support services for problem gamblers, their families, employers and others. The council also offers prevention and education programs, as well as professional training for mental health, addiction and medical practitioners, gambling operators, governments, businesses, academia, law enforcement authorities, faith based organizations, and others.