Spokesman Gary Bitner said the Tribe's focus is on what it can contribute to the state. 

"Floridians will still see an economic impact of almost $250 million this year from the expansion of Seminole gaming at Tampa and Coconut Creek," he said.

A representative of the South Florida AFL-CIO, however, said the union is disappointed because casinos could have generated thousands of jobs for union members.

Miami resident Mike Jones said he was disappointed, as well. He said the extra traffic would have been worth it for more jobs to come into his back yard.

"Think about the off season, summertime. The hotels are dead. People gamble all year round," Jones said.