Hunkering down at the Hard Rock during Irma

The rest of the state may have come to a screeching halt as Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc throughout Florida earlier this week.

But the slots didn’t stop spinning at the Seminole Tribe of Florida‘s Hard Rock casinos in Hollywood and Tampa, both areas that were affected by the historic storm.

The hotels at the casinos also provided a haven for storm workers, according to Seminoles spokesman Gary Bitner.

“Both Hard Rocks stayed open during the storm with limited service options and mostly for hotel guests. Both hotels hosted a large number of emergency responders,” Bitner said in an email.

Tribal leaders took out full-page ads  in several Florida newspapers on Thursday to express their appreciation for the 600 employees who worked throughout the storm.

“We salute our Seminole Gaming employee team members, our vendor partners and contractors who worked tirelessly through Hurricane Irma,” the ad reads. “They exemplify the unconquered survivor spirit of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.”

 

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While Irma packed a powerful punch, the damage at the casinos was mostly limited to landscaping, according to Bitner.