Gaming Commission members say the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is on track to develop a casino in Taunton approximately 10 miles from the Easton border at the intersection of Route 24 and Route 140. As a result, no commercial proposals for southeastern Massachusetts will be considered, according to WBUR radio. But the tribe still needs to get federal approval to build the casino.
“At the moment, the tribe is in the position to do what it has the right to do,” Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby told WBUR. “If it gets the approval now or later, if the compact and goes through the land into trust process, there will not be any commercial license, period.”
The Taunton Womponoag casino is still drawing concerns from Easton officials.
Acting Director of Community Planning Stephanie Danielson said at a recent Board of Selectmen meeting that the biggest concern about the casino would be the added traffic on Routes 138 and 106 because of accidents occurring on Route 24 “frequently at 44, 140, and 495 during rush hour traffic.”
Danielson said such accidents cause cars to get off the highway and clog roads, a problem that would be exacerbated by an additional 20,000 cars per day and “more inebriated drivers.”
What do you think Easton? Will a casino in Taunton be harmful in Easton?