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Frank Tyger, American cartoonist, columnist and humorist
Hoping for high turnout, both critics and backers of the $1 billion Suffolk Downs casino project want the referendum held Nov. 5, the day of Boston's municipal election. Both sides think larger crowds coming out for a mayoral election will help their cause. Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle expressed confidence in the casino proposal. "The economic benefits of this project -- the jobs, the business partnerships -- are so compelling and the support we have in both communities is so solid," he said. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (9/5)
Maine's new gaming commission is meeting to craft guidelines for the expansion of casinos in the state. The panel, made up of casino owners, lawmakers and tribal and veterans representatives, will create a competitive bid process for proposed casinos and present its recommendations to state lawmakers by January. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (9/6)
A donation from Feather Falls Casino and Lodge will help reopen Bedrock Skate and Bike Park in Oroville, Calif., after it was closed for needed repairs. The casino's gift will pay for repairs to the park, which could be finished within two months. Oroville Mercury Register (Calif.) (9/6)
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is adding more than $1 million per month to the downtown economy in hotel stays, restaurant meals and other categories beyond what is directly spent on gambling, payroll, or taxes, a new report says. The casino, which opened in March, has averaged 450,000 visitors each month. The Cincinnati Enquirer (tiered subscription model) (9/5)
The Michigan attorney general has filed a legal brief in a tribal gaming dispute over where tribes are allowed to open new casinos. Upper Peninsula-based Bay Mills Indian Community wants to open a casino in the Lower Peninsula community of Vanderbilt, Mich., a move contested by the state and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Bay Mills is seeking to open its casino outside of tribal lands, which is unfair to other tribal operators, wrote Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in the brief. Bay Mills says the state is interfering with its tribal sovereignty. Petoskey News-Review (Mich.) (9/6)
Sri Lanka plans to welcome a major casino in coming weeks, as part of the nation's new plan to become a regional gaming center to compete with other Asian gambling hubs such as Macau and Singapore. Crown Group is set to get approval for its $400 million casino in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, while nearby another major operation that's part of a hotel complex is moving ahead. Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (9/6)
Mark Jamieson, mayor of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, is urging municipal leaders to give consideration to a proposal to put a casino in the community of Maroochydore. The planned casino, part of a development proposed by Palmer Coolum Resort, could appeal to visitors from the Asia-Pacific area, Jamieson said. The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia) (9/5)
It's unclear if an AQUIS development casino planned for Yorkeys Knob, Queensland, Australia, would face a threat from flooding, says a scientist who examined the proposed $4.2 billion casino resort plan and its proposed location. "We've had bits and pieces of information about what it's going to look like, but in terms of the details of the flooding studies, storm surges, inundation and environmental impacts...we can't say anything until we see [the state's environmental impact statement," said Jonathan Nott, geoscience professor at James Cook University. The Cairns Post (Australia) (9/6)
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Doug Larson, American newspaper columnist
The City Council in Biloxi, Miss., is considering a request by developers to rezone property for a proposed $220 million casino. The 18 acres would need to be rezoned to waterfront zoning to allow construction of a casino. The council will hold a public hearing on Oct. 1 for the zoning request. The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.) (9/3)
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley ruled that a proposed ballot question outlawing casinos in the state was invalid. Another ballot question repealing the state's gambling law also did not meet constitutional requirements. Neither ballot question will make it to voters. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (9/4)
Depositions in Detroit's bankruptcy case reveal the key role of casino revenue. "I will say again, every day that we don't have access to casino revenue, we cannot make the reinvestment in this city to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens, and that's a true statement," said Kevyn Orr, Detroit emergency manager. Casino tax revenue is one of Detroit's largest revenue sources after income and property taxes. Detroit Free Press (9/3)
Philly.com (Philadelphia) (9/3)
Selectmen in Milford, Mass., are prepared to sign a host community agreement with Foxwoods for a proposed casino. The second draft of the agreement expanded the size of the proposed casino by more than 300,000 square feet. "We were able to come up with something that made sense for both sides," said Scott Butera, CEO of Foxwoods. Milford Daily News (Mass.) (9/4)
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission advised Boston and Everett, Mass., to reach an agreement by the end of the week over a proposed casino. A sliver of Boston runs into Everett, which could affect host community agreements for a proposed Wynn Resorts casino in Everett. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (9/4)
Landry's Golden Nugget casinos named Thomas Winter as head of its online business. Winter formerly served as CEO of Betclic Ltd., an online gaming firm based in Gibraltar. Landry's plans to launch online gaming in Nevada and New Jersey as soon as this year. Bloomberg (9/4)
SJM Holdings has increased the cost estimate for its latest Macau casino resort by $645 million. The resort on the Cotai Strip features a luxury hotel designed in partnership with Gianni Versace. The casino will include up to 1,000 slot machines and 700 table games. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/5)