A new 1,000-room hotel reaching 20 stories high above a mega entertainment complex, proposed by the Seminole Tribe, could transform the quiet neighborhood of Coconut Creek, Florida into a gaming mecca, reported the Sun Sentinel.
For the prospective expansion, the tribe has requested to take 45 acres of land next to the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino as sovereign land. It would feature a large casino floor, several new shops and restaurants, and a big theater. More than twice the size of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, the Coconut Creek hotel would tower over other South Florida venues—rivaled only by the 998-room Westin Diplomat in Hollywood.
According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) draft impact statement, the Coconut Creek project could economically revitalize the area, creating 1,090 jobs—half of which would be in casino operations—and pump $76.8 million into the local economy.
The tribe's casino compact with the state is set to expire in 2015, and the Seminoles appear to be waiting to fast-track its expansion project until Florida looks primed to renew the agreement.
Gary Bitner, spokesman for the tribe, told the Sun Sentinel there's no projected start or completion date.
Due to the sheer size of the project, the primary concern is traffic, adding 521 new car trips an hour during rush times, the initial federal environmental review stated. But the tribe is being proactive to ameliorate the problem, agreeing to pay Coconut Creek $2.75 million a year to compensate for the loss to its tax rolls and the impacts of the development. The money would support traffic improvements, such as widening roads, building new roads, erecting new signs and adding traffic signals, Coconut Creek City Manager Dave Rivera said.
In February, Seminole Coconut Creek Casino underwent a massive casino expansion that involved doubling the size of its casino floor.