Friday, May 17, 2013
A curved hotel tower would overlook Routes 140 and 24, 10 miles from Easton border.
It is becoming more clear that an area casino is on the horizon for Easton residents. Questions still remain as to where it will be and who will be building it. In Taunton this week, the Masphee Wampanoag Tribe unveiled designs for their proposed casino, which would be on the corners of Route 24 and 140 - 10 miles from Easton's border. According to Boston.com, the renderings show a sparkling curved hotel tower. “There’s a lot of engineering, there’s a lot of traffic mitigation involved in that design, there’s a lot of environmental mitigation,” Cedric Cromwell, the Mashpee Wampanoag chairman, told Boston.com. “When you look at that architectural rendering, it speaks to many different fronts.” The Tribe, however, is still facing many legal …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag have reached another agreement, the Boston Herald Reports
Governor Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reportedly close to finalizing an agreement for a $500 million casino 10 miles from Easton on the intersection of Route 140 and Route 24 in Taunton. Patrick said Thursday that his administration has reached an agreement-in-principle on a revised casino compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, according to the Boston Herald. An original request was denied by the Bureau of Indian Affairs last year. Easton officials have previously expressed concerns about casinos both in Taunton and a possible gaming resort across Easton's border in Raynham. For more, click here.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Raynham Park has applied for a slot license and the Mashpee Wampanoags are continuing talks for a tribal casino in Taunton.
Easton officials are keeping an eye on two possible gaming resorts near town borders. Town Planner Gary Anderson appeared before Selectmen Monday to discuss Raynham Park, which is located just over the Easton border on Route 138. According to Anderson, the park recently applied to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for a slot license, which the state will reward to one of the four applicants. Should slots be allowed in Raynham, the Shovel Town will likely be named as a "surrounding community," which will allow it to secure funding for impact studies and voice concerns throughout the process. If the town is not named as a "surrounding community," Easton will apply for "surrounding community" status, he said. "We expect that we will be," …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Rhode Island voters approved adding Vegas-style table games like blackjack, roulette and craps at Twin River Casino
If the Mashpee Wampanoags build a casino in Taunton near Easton's border, it could face some stealth competition. According to SouthCoastToday.com, by an overwhelming margin of 71 percent to 29 percent, Rhode Island voters approved adding Vegas-style table games like blackjack, roulette and craps at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The vote gives Rhode Island a head start on a possible Taunton casino. The propsed compact is currently being re-negotiated after it was rejected by the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs last month. Clyde Barrow, a casino expert at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth told SouthCoastToday.com that the loss of revenue could speed up the process in Taunton. To read the full story, click here.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick calls casino news a "setback in what has been a long journey."
Talks to build a casino in Taunton, just 10 miles away from the Easton, suffered a major setback Friday when the US Department of Interior rejected the casino agreement between Governor Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. Upon hearing the news, Patrick released a statement promising to renegotiate. "The Compact calls for us to resume negotiations in the face of a federal disapproval and requires legislative approval of any renegotiated compact," Patrick said. "Those conversations will begin in earnest as we work with our partners in the legislature to determine next steps and the tribe’s land in trust application continues to be reviewed by Interior. I remain committed to striking an appropriate balance which protects the best …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
There are over 220 signatures in the past week against a casino in Taunton, 10 miles from Easton's border.
Opponents of a casino in Taunton are making sure their voices are heard loud and clear. An online petition, started on Change.org by East Taunton resident Michelle Littlefield, has generated over 220 electronic signatures in the past week. The petition is addressed to members of the United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs and United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and includes 16 points as to why casino progress should be halted. According to Southcoasttoday.com, the Mashpee Womponoag Tribe met all the deadlines in the state's Expanded Gaming Act to be granted the exclusive rights to operate a casino in Southeastern Massachusetts. Its only remaining hurdles are BIA approval of the compact by mid-October and…