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Revere Needs to Vote Again on Casino Proposal

A Revere casino proposal can move forward, pending another vote by Revere residents.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Janney
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Janney
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said Tuesday that a proposed casino in Revere can move forward with its application, but the city of Revere needs to vote on the matter, according to media reports.

Voters in Revere already approved a slightly different casino proposal at Suffolk Downs, but that proposal would have straddled Revere and East Boston, and voters in East Boston rejected it.

In response to that split vote, Suffolk Downs altered its proposal, bringing on a new partner, Mohegan Sun, and submitting new plans for a Revere-only casino.

According to Boston.com, the Gaming Commission voted Tuesday to allow a waiver for the Revere proposal, allowing Revere to hold a vote on the proposed casino after the Dec. 31 deadline.

As BostonHerald.com explained, Mohegan Sun will still need to submit its application by Dec. 31, but Revere will likely vote on the new proposal in February.

Meanwhile, the Gaming Commission is expected to initiate a suitability assessment for another casino proposal—Wynn Resorts' proposal in Everett, on Somerville's doorstep—on Friday.

Both casino proposals will vie for the Greater Boston region's only casino license.

Many in Somerville, including Somerville's mayor and several members of the Board of Aldermen, oppose the Everett casino proposal.

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