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Gov. Ron DeSantis and Seminole Tribe Chairman Marcellus Osceola signed a gambling compact on April 23, 2021. Credit: Governor’s press office

By Peter Schorsch    

Good Wednesday morning.

According to a new poll, Florida voters overwhelmingly support the new Gaming Compact between the state and Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. recently signed the new Gaming Compact, which would give the Tribe exclusive control of sports betting in Florida and allow pari-mutuels to offer sports betting under the tribe’s supervision.

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In exchange, the state would receive a minimum of $2.5 billion in revenue in the first five years of the 30-year deal, with yearly amounts adjusted afterward.

The poll, conducted by Ryan Tyson, found 62% of Floridians say they support the deal while just 17% opposed them. About one in five voters are undecided.

Support for the compact increased when pollsters told voters about the benefits of a new Gaming Compact.

After being told that the Seminole Tribe would invest profits back into the state and the Gaming Compact’s impact on state revenues, overall support grew three points to 65%.

Notably, voters indicated that they would be more likely to reelect their state legislators if they voted to approve the Gaming Compact, 46%-20%.

Voters also hold favorable views of the people on both sides of the Gaming Compact — voters said they approved of DeSantis 60%-36% while the Seminole Tribe of Florida was above water 44%-6%.

The poll was conducted May 1-5 by landline and cellphone. It has a sample size of 1,000 registered voters, 40% of whom were Republicans, and 37% were Democrats.

We have some more polling to share with you, this time via the Florida Chamber, which will be dropping these numbers later today.

The latest Chamber statewide poll shows likely Florida voters overwhelmingly support Gov. DeSantis, with a strong job approval rating of 55%. DeSantis receives 88% support from Republicans and 57% from NPA’s, a 20-point lead among NPA’s.

DeSantis also receives high marks across the board with 70 percent of Florida voters supporting his handling of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Chamber poll also found that DeSantis is in a strong position heading towards re-election. He holds a double-digit lead over any potential Democrat challenger that has been prominently mentioned for 2022.

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Florida Chamber Safety Council welcomes new executive director, expands online training” via Drew Wilson of Florida Politics — The Florida Chamber Safety Council on Tuesday announced Jason Mozo has joined the team serving as executive director. Mozo brings more than 15 years of safety and business development experience to the Safety Council. He was involved in developing safety training and programs for companies such as Honeywell, Nestle, Red Bull, Lockheed Martin, Tropicana, Budweiser, and United Rentals. Also Tuesday, the Safety Council announced it had expanded its suite of tools for its members with the launch of an online, on-demand safety training platform, as well as the addition of a new risk management tool, ProcessMap, to its lineup.

Jimmy Patronis to speak at Chamber conference — CFO Patronis is scheduled to speak to attendees of the Safety Council’s Southeastern Leadership Conference on Safety, Health and Sustainability at noon. Patronis will speak on the COVID-19 liability protections lawmakers passed in the 2021 Legislative Session, including the steps businesses need to take to protect their customers, vendors and employees from COVID-19 and avoid a lawsuit. Day three of the conference will also include a keynote from Dr. Ed Racht, the chief medical officer of GMR Medicine, entitled “Lessons learned from something you can only see with a microscope.”

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First on #FlaPol — “Gopher CEO sends letter to community highlighting environmental and safety actions” via Peter Schorsch of Florida Politics — In the letter, Brian Leen said the company is already meeting regulatory targets and is still making plans for further investments. Since 2018, when he took over as CEO, the company has increased its annual safety investment by more than 50%. The boost in annual safety spending is in addition to the $230 million modernization program that began before Leen’s tenure. That program includes $140 million dedicated to environmental, health and safety initiatives. “We are looking for opportunities to accelerate our progress and are looking forward to the feedback from ongoing regulatory inspections to help us prioritize our efforts,” he wrote.

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Personnel note: Clayton Clemens joins FIT as public affairs director” via Florida Politics — Clayton Clemens has joined Florida Internet & Television as their new director of public affairs, the association announced Tuesday. Florida Internet & Television represents the state’s major cable companies, including Atlantic Broadband, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox and Mediacom. Clemens most recently served as the legislative aide to state Rep. Jackie Toledo, a Tampa Republican. He held that position for five years, during which he oversaw all internal and external office communications. “FIT is looking forward to having Clayton join our team and having an immediate impact on the association. His legislative experience and background in communications will be a valuable asset to FIT in reinforcing our mission,” FIT President and CEO Brad Swanson said.

Speaking of Swanson, happy birthday to our dear friend. What a great year he’s had!

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