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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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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)
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The Downtown Grand plans to open later this year in downtown Las Vegas. The casino-hotel is designed to allow visitors easy access to the Fremont Street Experience and other downtown attractions. "We are creating a local experience for tourists," said Seth Schorr, the CEO of Fifth Street Gaming. Las Vegas Review-Journal (9/3)
Penn National Gaming has signed an agreement to purchase a racetrack in Plainville, Mass. The company will exercise its option if the Massachusetts Gaming Commission awards Penn National a gaming license for a slots parlor. Based in Wyomissing, Pa., Penn National has made two previous attempts to enter the Massachusetts gambling market. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (9/3)
The town council in Palmer, Mass., has scheduled a casino referendum for the town on Nov. 5. The Mohegan Sun has proposed an almost $1 billion casino project for the town. The council also unanimously voted to approve the host community agreement for the casino. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (9/3)
Empire Resorts, along with EPR Properties, amended a contract to build a casino resort in Sullivan County, N.Y. The amendment allows greater flexibility if voters in the state approve expanded gambling. Empire Resorts plans to build a casino resort on the site of the former Concord Hotel. Daily Freeman (Kingston, N.Y.) (9/3)
The Suffolk Downs racetrack in Massachusetts has submitted formal plans for a $1 billion resort casino to the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The resort would include two luxury hotels, as well as retail stores and restaurants. The racetrack would also feature up to 250,000 square feet dedicated to gaming. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (9/3)