Boston Anti-Casino Group Claims Host City Status
Opponents to a casino in East Boston have backed Mayor Martin Walsh’s view that Boston should have a greater say over the two casinos proposals on its border. The opponents, a group called “No Eastie Casino”, argue that the projects would depend heavily on “the city’s brand” to attract customers.
The group has come out in support of Walsh’s stance that, according to the 2011 casino law, Boston qualifies as a host community to the two proposals. According to the law, host communities have the ability to hold referendums to block gambling projects.
Wynn Resorts has proposed a casino in Everett while Mohegan Sun proposed one at Suffolk Downs in Revere. Walsh believes that the Charlestown neighborhood should be allowed to vote on the Wynn project and that East Boston residents on the Mohegan Sun proposal.
The two casino developers claim that while the proposals lie close to the city line, they are not actually in Boston so it is not considered a host community.
The state gambling commission has a process underway to address Walsh’s concerns. The process involves two rounds of written briefs and a public hearing on May 1st.