Revere Voters Approve Mohegan Sun Casino Plan

February 26, 2014 4:10 AM
Revere Voters Approve Mohegan Sun Casino Plan
" REVERE (AP) — Voters in Revere approved a billion-dollar resort casino proposal on Tuesday, moving forward Mohegan Sun’s plan that will compete with Wynn Resorts for the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license.

Mitchell Etess, CEO of Mohegan Sun Tribal Gaming Authority, said he’s hopeful of convincing state gambling regulators to award Mohegan Sun the license

“We’re going to win this license because our application to Massachusetts is unconditional,” Etess said Tuesday night. “We are ready to go.”

Strong feelings were evident on both sides in the blue collar city of about 53,000 residents just north of Boston. Home to Revere Beach, the nation’s first public beach, the city has struggled economically in recent decades and had an estimated unemployment rate of 7.2 percent at the end of 2013, according to state figures.

Along a section of Broadway, one of the city’s main arteries, casino backers and foes held signs Tuesday on opposite sides of the roadway, near a polling place. Motorists would occasionally honk horns to signal support for one group or the other "

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