Everett, Springfield, Taunton frontrunners for gaming licenses

Voters in several Massachusetts communities reject proposed casinos, Mashpee awaits BIA approval
But Mashpee still awaits BIA approval of Compact as well as Land Grant.

Cities are front runners for the 3 casino licenses

Voters in several Massachusetts communities  reject proposed casinos, Mashpee awaits BIA approval

Two years after Gov. Patrick and the Legislature agreed to legalize expanded gambling, proponents of resort casinos in Everett, Springfield and possibly Taunton appear to be frontrunners for licenses amid dwindling competition.

Voters in several Massachusetts communities have rejected proposed casinos, with Milford on Tuesday turning down a casino on the heels of rejections earlier this month by voters in East Boston and Palmer.

Milford voted 6,361 to 3,480, with a 57 percent turnout, according to the town clerk's office, rejecting a Foxwoods bid to develop a patch of woods of Route 495. Springfield and Everett have yet to receive suitability designations from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Even after its East Boston defeat, Suffolk Downs could revive a casino in Revere only, though that move would require commission approval.

Mashpee Wampanoags still need federal approval

The Mashpee Wampanoag's bid for a casino in Taunton will require federal approval to take land into trust, a hurdle that critics say the tribe cannot clear without an act of Congress.

Palmer, which narrowly rejected a bid for a Mohegan Sun casino of Interstate 90, plans to hold a recount on Nov. 26.

A commercial developer has applied to build a casino in New Bedford, where the mayor has not been enthusiastic about casinos and amid uncertainty over whether the gaming commission will forge down the path toward a commercially licensed casino in the southeast.

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