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Revere will vote again on casino Feb. 25

REVERE – City voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to once again decide whether a $1 billion resort casino should be built at Suffolk Downs, after the City Council on Friday approved the election date.
Meanwhile, state regulators on Friday deemed Wynn Resorts? $1.2 billion casino plan for the Mystic River in Everett suitable to advance and compete for the sole Eastern Massachusetts resort casino license.
The overwhelming vote of support shown by Revere voters on Nov. 5 for a Suffolk Downs casino was nullified since the original plan for a development straddling East Boston and Revere was rejected by East Boston voters. Revere voters will now decide whether they approve of a resort casino built entirely in Revere.
Sterling Suffolk Downs and Mohegan Sun are proposing the new Revere-only development, and the new referendum was made a condition by the State Gaming Commission after it decided to allow Suffolk?s new proposal to advance toward a formal application for a license.
Mayor Daniel Rizzo said the City Council met in a special meeting Friday morning and unanimously approved Feb. 25 as the date for the new citywide vote.
Rizzo said given the strong support voters showed last month, he anticipates they will likewise embrace the new host-community agreement that stands to generate much more revenue for the city.
For complete details on this story and other casino-related developments, see Saturday’s edition of The Daily Item/Itemlive.com

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