Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Is the Casino Dead?

With the city's appeal denied by Appeals Court Justice Kafker is Mayor Flanagan really ready to abandon his plans for a resort casino and work to reestablish a biopark in the north end of the city?

It would seem so. Flanagan has stated that he is not out of options but indicated the city would take no further legal action. He has also indicated that he would be talking to the state officials and Chancellor Jean McCormack.

Is a casino really dead?

Maybe not.

I think if someone threw the Mayor a lifeline he would grab it. At this point he would need some indication that a casino bill would be a high priority in this next legislative session. The lifeline could also come in the form of removing the land restriction on the 300 acre site, which would make the land sale legal.

Of course neither of these things would make a casino in Fall River a reality. There are other obstacles.

It seems that the Mayor is ready to at least talk about bringing the biopark back to the site and Chancellor McCormack has stated that this is the ideal site. She has also made it clear that if the University commits its resources it will only be with a binding agreement in place.

Is a casino dead?

Maybe not.

It turns out the Mayor has been discussing other possible locations in the city with the Wampanoags. If that's the case well then maybe we really could have both. It might even lead to a casino proposal I could support.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but I do not trust him. Why not reveal other possible locations? Are the Mashpees considering the land on the Fall River/Westport line that belongs to the gentleman that went before the council; the same man that Flanagan and company were not interested in?
Still no transparency. If the bio-park does come to be, it will not be because of Flanagan, but in spite of him.

Anonymous said...

There will be jobs in ten years at the bio park. Alot of good that does for the unemployed in this city now!

Lefty said...

A casino wouldn't do very much for the people of the city now either. Even IF the land sale went through you would have to wait until it was legalized and HOPE that Fall River was selected. Also I'm pretty sure the tribe's land application was denied. If I'm correct that means that legalization and selection are Fall River's only hope in the matter.

On the other hand, if we had broken ground on this last Spring, you'd have hundreds of people working in constructing the facility.

Anonymous said...

The number of jobs, jobs, jobs, is changing yet again. Of course you won't find that info in the Herald News.

SouthCoastToday:

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110118/NEWS11/110119752
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110119/NEWS/101190325/-1/NEWSMAP

For now, Flanagan is headed to the Statehouse to tout the 8,000 jobs that a BioPark could bring to his city over the next 10 to 15 years.

But Fiola said Fall River still believes that a $500 million casino could create 4,500 permanent jobs, as well