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Florida Tribe Breaks Ground On New Ochopee Casino, Opening November

Written By Nicholaus Garcia | Updated:
White Sparkler Letters Spell Casino with Florida’s Miccosukee Tribe of Indians logo

The Miccosukee Tribe is expanding its enterprise by opening a new Florida casinoLast Tuesday, the tribe announced the construction of a new facility located at Miccosukee Service Plaza on I-75, Exit 49 and Snake Road in Ochopee, Florida.

In a press release, the tribe said the new casino destination is expected to open in November.

Fill up on gas and play some slots at the Miccosukee Service Plaza casino

The non-smoking casino will have 150 slot machines and 8,500 square feet of entertainment space. In addition, customers passing by can also fill up on gas, grab some snacks and take a bathroom break. Additionally, the tribe said the casino would sell beer and wine.

The Miccosukee Tribe is partnering with developer CPH, a national architecture and engineering design firm and Florida-based construction company 2 Brothers Contracting LLC, according to the tribe’s press release.

The Miccosukee Tribe already operates a tribal casino and resort in the Everglades west of Florida International University.

Miccosukee Tribe hopes for growth from additional revenue

In an article by the Miami Herald, William Osceola, the Miccosukee Tribe’s secretary business council, said:

“We haven’t had an expansion in about two decades since the resort. It’s important because we need room to grow as a community — we have community members living here but if we can show that this facility is working, then more people may come here. We don’t have a lot of room where we’re at and we’d like to grow. A tree doesn’t get bigger if you contain its roots.”

Talbert Cypress, leader of the business council and chairman, said he hoped the Florida casino would bring additional income for the tribe. “This is original reservation land and we haven’t had the resources to build out here and we’re hoping this does that.”

In 1990, Florida’s Miccosukee Tribe of Indians entered the gaming market with the opening of Miccosukee Indian Bingo Hall. Subsequently, they extended their presence by establishing the Miccosukee Casino & Resort in 1999.

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Nick Garcia is a senior reporter for PlayUSA. Garcia provides analysis and in-depth coverage of the gambling industry with a key focus on online casinos, sports betting and financial markets. Garcia has been covering the US gambling market since 2017. He attended Texas Tech University as an undergrad and received a Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

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