Seminole casino plans expansion

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. -- The Coconut Creek Casino, which opened here last March west of Fort Lauderdale, plans a major expansion including more gaming space and a convention hotel.

The casino is the fifth gambling operation in Florida overseen by the Seminole tribe. The tribe's other sites are in Hollywood, Immokalee, Brighton and Tampa.

Poker in a private room, bingo and video pull-tab slot machines are offered, and there is a full-service cocktail bar and snack facility.

For groups of 20 or more, $3 or $5 vouchers (depending on group size) can be provided that are valued at $20 when exchanged for gambling, food or beverages.

A continental buffet breakfast is provided at no cost to visitors from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The casino also offers both Las Vegas-style and Native American entertainment. The latter includes traditional tribal dancing, alligator wrestling and prize giveaways.

By the fall, the casino will become a component in overnight packages with area hotels. For large groups, hotel stays can be arranged on request by Carmella Albert of the casino's staff.

During the second phase of the expansion, the casino will be enlarged by 100,000 square feet.

This project will break ground this summer and yield more gaming space, several restaurants, a show bar, a stage, a gift shop, casino offices and more parking. Management anticipates completion by the end of the year.

The third phase, to break ground in December 2002, calls for a 200-room hotel with a convention center. The completion date is unknown at this time.

Coconut Creek Casino
Phone: (954) 977-6700

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