Looking at Suffolk Downs Casino

September 11, 2013
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The discussion of the Suffolk Downs mitigation agreement last Tuesday night at the Revere City Council was a perfect example of councilors airing their differing points of view, but coming together in the end for the common good.

We recognize that many councillors hold the view that the casino agreement could be better, but in the end the councillors voted unanimously to accept the agreement that Mayor Dan Rizzo and his staff negotiated.

We believe that some of the concerns, such as the one expressed by Ward 5 Councillor John Powers about the need to reactiviate the Point of Pines Fire Station, are valid and should be considered since our population has increased by almost ten percent since the last census.  In the case of the Point of Pines Fire Station, our firefighters are dealing with more medical calls on Revere Beach and more traffic to get to these calls.  Today the only fire stations for this area are either on the Revere Beach Parkway or North Shore Road that at certain hours are a commuter’s parking lot.

However, today and going forward, we need this type of unified action more than ever.

The Suffolk Downs casino project after several years of a lot of trench work is still not a done deal.  The disagreement in Boston by candidates for mayor over whether a casino is welcome in Boston or who would vote on the proposal, especially since Mayor Thomas Menino is not seeking re-election, definitely is a big obstacle for the Suffolk Downs developers. The date for the vote in Boston is still not yet determined.

Revere is the last harbor of refuge for the Suffolk Downs casino project.  Rather than lose out to the Wynn proposal in Everett (that has the backing of 86 percent of the residents who voted in June and its elected leaders), if it looks like the casino will not fly with the voters or leaders of Boston, we urge our elected officials to start to draw up a contingency plan.

In the end, we should be safe rather than sorry and be prepared for all possible scenarios.

  • drensber

    Love how this piece just assumes that the plan _will_ fly with the voters of Revere. Thanks for making the decision for everyone!

  • drensber

    In case anyone missed the Tweets being sent out by R.J.:

    “State Education analysis for Mayor Rizzo shows there may be no impact on school funding with casino, due to no building on Revere side.”

    …yet more evidence that Revere is getting a really raw deal in this whole thing. And make no mistake that Revere will be the community that suffers the most consequences from a casino, since there’s a big hill that separates most of the real “East Boston” from the Suffolk Downs site. Revere: Don’t be pathetic and desperate… Vote “NO”!

  • Italod

    The Journal used to read like an actual news-reporting newspaper. Nowadays, instead, it simply pushes info like a propagandist tome. Yuck.

  • RevereReporter (STAFF)

    Hey Folks, once again, this is actually an editorial in the newspaper. It’s not a piece of news on a news page, but rather it appeared as the editorial on the opinion page. I know we haven’t done well in correcting this in the online version…we tried to label differently, but it didn’t stick…Maybe we can give it another shot so it isn’t so confusing to our online audience. This is the opinion of the paper’s ownership and not a news story. Thanks.

  • drensber

    I was well aware that this was just an opinion piece. It sometimes seems, however, that between the city council, mayor’s office, and official Revere “media” like the Journal, there is little diversity of opinion, so I just wanted to offer some. This casino deal will have mostly negative consequences in the long view. With the exception of desperate towns like Revere and Everett, this seems to be clear to everyone. It would also be clear to anyone who’s ever visited Atlantic City sober and more than a block away from the boardwalk.

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