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Where Do You Stand on Foxborough Casino?

Take our poll and let us know how you feel at this point about the casino plan for Foxborough.

 

Both the groups for and against Steve Wynn's plan to build a casino in Foxborough have been getting their information out to residents in recent weeks.

With everything you have heard up until the point, where do you stand on whether to allow the casino to be built on Route 1? Tell us in our poll and in the comment section.

Our poll is non-scientific. Please vote once. You have until Wednesday to cast your poll and state your opinion in the comment section.

Buck Farack March 13, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Cont. When people say that there's no harm hearing a proposal, there actually is. If it was just a matter that they show up before the BOS one day and say "here's our proposal, thank you very much for considering it" I don't think anyone on the BOS would object. Unfortunately, that's not the way it works according to what I have read and what Town Counsel said at the BOS meeting. Also, if a proponent is not happy with a rejection they can and often do take legal action. Let's say, after hearing all the information and discussing mitigation the BOS decides against bringing it to a town vote, the proponent could say why did you reject it? If they're not satisfied with the reason for rejection they could appeal it in the courts, drag things on, rebut and counter studies, expert opinions, say they have offered adequate mitigation. This could spill over to new boards. Yes the proponent pays all the costs incurred but it can drag on for a long time. This is not about getting more information, it's about beginning the negotiating process which is a whole other matter.
Chris A March 13, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Until an application is submitted and the BOS vote on something real...doesn't mean jack. My guess is they won't submit an application until after the selectmen race. That's why I will be supporting the two selectmen who are at least willing to hear it out and keep the ball rolling to let the people have more say. Should the people reject it after that I have no problem with that.
Buck Farack March 13, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Chris, I agree with you that unless the BOS votes on something real it doesn't mean jack... I think that's precisely what the BOS is trying to avoid. Wynn is trying to use the "more info" argument to get them to accept the application and get the ball rolling because once he gets his foot in the door it becomes very hard for the BOS to reject it. He knows he'll be able to advertise the hell out of this thing and have a reasonable chance at a vote going his way (although I don't ever see him getting a 2/3 majority vote to change the bylaw). I don't see why he doesn't just offer a public proposal, if it's that good and the people want it they'll pressure the BOS to take an official look at it. Actually, I'd be surprised if he doesn't do that before the election anyway. I agree completely with you about the election except that if Brue & Coppola are elected I do not believe Wynn can submit an application without BOS approval given the current town bylaw prohibiting gambling. I'd be amazed if Harrington & Slattery didn't get completely trounced but if they win then and they decide to move forward so be it.
Chris A March 13, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I do agree Buck. Depending how the selectmen election went, the 2/3 majority to change the bylaw would be a major hurdle. Perhaps the hardest part.
JM55 March 26, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Don't you get it these polls are all rigged in favor of the house, just like in a casiNO! How do you like gambling now? Don’t worry about all of the propaganda, this is just the beginning. Just stick together and vote for what you believe is right!!!

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