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Council Okays Museum Building

By E. Bowers

HOLLYWOOD - The Seminole Tribal Council met on March 23 to discuss the addition of a new curatorial building at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, request reservation status for the Fort Pierce property, and selection of a Seminole honoree for the Broward County Monument Program.

The Council:

*Authorized a contract with Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan for architectural and engineering services. The firm will design the new curatorial building at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, to be built in the next fiscal year. The contract amount will not exceed $76,100.

*Broward County offered to honor a Seminole Tribal member with a plaque at Tree Tops Park, in recognition of the contribution of Seminoles to the culture of the area. The Broward County Property Appraisers office made the request for a name and brief history. The Council tabled the decision on who would be honored.

*Approved a request, to be sent to the Secretary of the Interior, for reservation status for 60.465 acres in St. Lucie county. The property is currently trust property.

*Authorized the Chairman to sign a contract in the Partin family land negotiations.

*Approved a resolution to determine the availability of certain lands in Hendry County. This includes land near the Big Cypress reservation. Price offers will be brought to the Council for consideration.

*Approved a business lease by Roberta Gopher to the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., on the Hollywood Reservation. The Board will operate a tax-free business on the 64th Avenue property.

*Approved client services contracts with Pender, Newkirk & Company. The company will conduct audits on the Seminole Smoke Shop in Tampa and the Tampa Property Administration Fund.

*Approved a suite license agreement with American Airlines Arena, the new home of the Miami Heat. The 36-seat suite will cost approximately $210,000.

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