Voters from the city of Revere Massachusetts and the neighborhood of East Boston went to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether or not they supported the building of a casino, according to the Boston Globe. The proposed casino would be located at Suffolk Downs, a 78 year old thoroughbred horse track which is in both East Boston and the city of Revere, Massachusetts. The horse track is still in operation, and until 2010, a dog race was also held at Wonderland for many years. The casino is projected to cost about $1 billion.
East Boston voters voted against the casino but Revere voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of it. Following, there has been talk of a “Revere only” scaled down casino on the acres located solely within Revere. While this may be an uphill battle, there seems to be support for such a venue.
Casino Brings New Revenue to Revere
Revere is a city which, like many others, is in need of new sources of revenue. With gambling being a common choice among residents as a way to increase revenue, a new casino seems to be just the answer they are looking for. In his effort to lobby for more support for the Suffolk Downs casino, Mayor Dan Rizzo stated over a week ago, “I feel this referendum is transformational. If the city votes for this project, it will elevate the city of Revere to what I would call a ‘world-class city’. We will be able to do things that we would never otherwise have been able to do, given our current financial situation.”
Casino Not a Done Deal
In spite of the overwhelming support for the casino, it is not yet a done deal. A report from CBS Boston shares that a recent setback was received by the project when Caesars Entertainment withdrew its interest after concerns that were brought on by the state’s gaming commission performing a background check. Suffolk Downs assured reporters that they will name a new partner by the end of the year.
Voters Make Final Decision on Casino
In the end, the choice will be up to the voters. Without the support of voters from both Revere and East Boston, Massachusetts, the deal would be off for the entire location of Suffolk Downs. Not everyone has been in favor of the new gambling site, and protesters have been voicing their disapproval quite loudly at times. The Associated Press reports that there have been actual fights to break out between those who support the casino and those who oppose it. According to a report from the Boston Herald, neighborhoods which have been close-knit for three decades are split over the proposed casino. Those who wish to understand what the proposed casino could mean for their business or neighborhood may wish to call Casino Lawyer Deborah Gold-Alexander.