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Signs encouraging residents to vote for a casino at Suffolk Downs But in mid-​October, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, reputed to be Voters in East Boston and Revere have to approve the plan for it to go forward.


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Home to Revere Beach, the nation's first public beach, the city has struggled The casino vote was the second in Revere in recent months.


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Special State Election (Tuesday, April 1, ) Β· Special State Primary (Tuesday, March 4, ) Β· Casino Referendum (Tuesday, February 25, ).


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Both sides of the casino debate in Revere organized rallies on as 8 a.m. on Sunday, two casino supporters stood on the corner of Beach.


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After their separate rejections, Revere and Mohegan Sun paired up and scrambled to draft a new plan. First Public Beach. The proposal features 4, slot machines; table games such as blackjack, baccarat, roulette and craps; and 20 poker tables. Whether voters approve the casino in Revere or not, the prospect of a major gambling destination in their town or a neighboring town has opponents concerned. Leasing 42 acres to Mohegan Sun would be a huge opportunity, even if it means the racetrack would have to rebuild horse stables someplace else on the property, Tuttle said. Revere was a beach getaway as far back as the mids, and that reputation grew with the Eastern Railroad. The track's owners have been "patient and very generous" as Suffolk Downs bets its future on something other than horse racing. Last fall, state Attorney General Martha M. The project also calls for a 10,square-foot spa; a seat ballroom; a 5,square-foot greenhouse; and 38, square feet of meeting space. Revere's beach declined in the mid t h century. The city is 62 percent white, 24 percent Latino, 4. In November, they approved a similar proposal that would have included property partly in East Boston, but East Boston voters rejected it. Bensellah, who is a Muslim of Algerian descent, said people at different mosques in the are are talking about problems a casino could bring: crime, traffic and more. Revere's former partner, Caesars Entertainment Corp. Wonderland Park later became Wonderland Greyhound Park, a dog-racing track, from through , when greyhound racing was banned in the state. Colella declined to speculate about the turnout for Tuesday's election. If Mohegan Sun were to get the Boston area license, however, there is some benefit for Connecticut because of overall revenue growth for one of the state's large employers, Etess said. Recommended on Hartford Courant.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Szal and Bogertman are part of a group of faith leaders β€” Christian, Jewish and Muslim β€” rallying to oppose the casino. Last fall, Revere voters approved the earlier casino plan 6, to 4,, or 59 percent to 38 percent. Buildings were abandoned and a blizzard in wiped out many of the buildings, amusements, pavilions and sea wall. The state gaming commission will decide this spring which plan is better for the Boston region β€” only one will get the sole license to operate a resort casino. Any Massachusetts casino is sure to erode revenue at Connecticut's casinos. That was on a mountain, this is built by the beach," Etess said. He noted that Revere also has large populations of Arabs and Cambodians, in addition to Latinos. The Rev. The tribe promises to deliver 2, construction jobs and 4, permanent jobs. So do mayors in some other nearby towns: Lynn, Salem and Chelsea. Most other tracks on the East Coast have sources of revenue outside of racing, but state law has kept Suffolk Downs from adding slot machines. Election Commissioner Diane R. But it doesn't have to happen. Skip to content. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}This is the second time in four months Revere voters will have a say on the prospects for a resort casino in their town. Revere had 25, registered voters as of Feb. More money would allow Suffolk Downs to invest in its facility in the hopes of creating an atmosphere like that at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N. It helps Mohegan Sun Connecticut. Latest Business. The unanswered question for Tuesday is turnout β€” how many people will vote, and what does that mean for the outcome. On Nov. One of Elhour's patrons, Abde Bensellah, said that he is not against the idea of a casino but that the Mohegan Sun plan is disruptive because it would be close to schools and residential neighborhoods. Szal, the priest at Immaculate Conception church in town, said his church will remain regardless of the vote Tuesday or a pending casino in the region. The casino has backing from chambers of commerce in Revere, Lynn, Chelsea and Salem. Second Time. Census Bureau. This is the second election in four months for Mohegan Sun, too. In , Wonderland Park opened as one of the early amusement parks, featuring a Wild West show with more than " cowboys, Indian raids, a circus and a scenic railway," according to the city's website. Voters, who also chose elected officials during the election in November, left the casino question blank on ballots, or 3 percent. Mohegan Sun has a lot of supporters. Ultimately, as we build our corporate staff, people move here. Will this place drive more revenues than the location in Palmer? Mohegan Sun also plans to build a primary casino hotel and a boutique hotel with a combined rooms. Mohegan Sun Massachusetts plans to build on 42 acres now occupied by horse stables at one end of the racetrack. Bogertman said not every business displaying a sign of support actually wants a casino. It creates jobs. For Suffolk Downs, the plan is vital to bring in revenue for a racetrack that hasn't been profitable since , said Chip Tuttle, the track's chief operating officer. The shores allowed Revere to become the Coney Island of New England during its heyday in the early s. The area was revitalized in the s and now has pavilions, housing and shops along the beach. In a neighborhood near the beach, a shop called Casablanca sells pizza, shawarma, kabobs and subs. We put every single thing we had into that," Etess said. Neither Elhour nor Bensellah voted in November, but they said they plan to vote Tuesday. Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo praises the plan. Mohegan Sun would add to the town a casino with , square feet of floor space and 5, gaming positions, places where people can sit or stand and gamble on slot machines, blackjack, roulette or other games. On the same street, Assalam Market sells international groceries in Spanish and Arabic. It's also supported by a local visitors bureau and the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development. In , the city's park commission took control of the sandy strip, making it the first public beach in the nation. Coakley rejected the proposed ballot question, but the anti-casino groups are working on an appeal process that will take them to the state Supreme Judicial Court this spring. A collection of anti-casino groups have collected more than the 68, required signatures to put a statewide referendum on a ballot in November calling for a reversal of legislation allowing casinos.