The question of who will govern Florida is settled and there's a consensus on the next step in planning Florida's gambling future.
But after that...
Casino operators, legislators and others in the gambling industry met Tuesday for the annual Florida Gaming Congress to kick around ideas and discuss where the world in general and Florida in particular are headed.
Most agree that now that Rick Scott has been re-elected governor, he will resume negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida over an agreement that gave the tribe exclusive rights to blackjack and other table games in exchange for $1 billion over five years.
"We're hopeful to continue the relationship that's been so successful," Seminole Gaming CEO James Allen said, after serving as a panelist at the Hyatt Regency in Miami.
The Associated Press reported this summer that Scott had asked legislators last spring to hold a special session that would have completed "the most lucrative compact ever." Allen declined to comment on the report.
The Seminoles also have been clearing out space at their Seminole Paradise in Hollywood, leveling the Johnny Rockets, Blue Pointe, Tatu restaurants and other spots. Analysts predict an additional hotel will be built next to the existing 500-room structure that's at about 95 percent capacity, but Allen said any such move must be approved by the Seminoles' tribal council.
Overall, the Florida casino landscape is still unclear, with resort casinos looking for state approval, while horse tracks, dog tracks and jai-alai frontons seek approval of table games and a decrease in their 35-percent slot tax.
"We were cautioned to expect a lot of opinions, concerns and ideas, and that was a complete understatement," said Spectrum managing director Michael Pollack. "For every 10 people we interviewed, we heard 20 opinions, 30 concerns and countless ideas.
"I can say with complete conviction that no state addresses gambling policy more than Florida."
Former State Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, said "gambling expansion is coming; there's no doubt about it." He'd like destination casinos and expanded amenities for so-called racinos.
But State Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, is adamant against resort casinos clogging up her city, and doesn't think much of the pari-mutuels.
"Every parimutuel expects to be a casino, but how much competition do you need before we start getting bankruptcies," said Margolis, who said "not a single contituent" has approached her in favor of resort casinos. "We have no problem now in Miami except traffic."
And State Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, called for a gambling commission, rather than having the legislature make all the decisions.
"This is something I've been advocating for the past number of years, whether you want more gaming or less gaming," she said, citing such issues as greyhound decoupling, the horse racing industry and senior arcades as topics to be covered.
"It seems like every state has one except us," she said. " We need a department independent of political pressures to regulate and formulate polices for the future of gaming."