Re the Nov. 6 letter Florida should fund treatment for gambling addiction: Your readers should know that Seminole Gaming contributes $1.75 million annually to the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, which funds awareness and treatment programs to counter compulsive gambling in our state. Seminole Gaming leads all others in dollars directed to the Florida Council and provides the only funding available for treatment.
Our contributions date to the late 1990s, when it became the first gaming entity in Florida to voluntarily support the Florida Council. Seminole Gaming supplements its direct financial support with significant marketing dollars to promote the Florida Council’s toll-free telephone hotline, which is incorporated into advertising and promotional materials with the phrase: “If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.”
We also maintain a meaningful self-exclusion program, which allows those with a gambling issue or their families to have them trespassed from all Seminole Gaming properties. Sign up is easy at any Seminole Casino.
Seminole Gaming is serious about supporting the good work of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling. We believe casinos should be about entertainment, not addiction.
John Fontana, president,
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa