Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

Wynn construction could start this week

Wynn construction could start this week

Somerville doesn’t pursue reconsideration of permit award

WYNN RESORTS is expected to move ahead with construction of its $2.1 billion hotel-casino complex in Everett this week after Somerville decided not to seek reconsideration of an environmental  permit awarded to the project. Denise Taylor, a spokeswoman for Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, said the city does not intend to ask the state Department of(...)

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DEP chief OKs Wynn permit

DEP chief OKs Wynn permit

Casino operator moves closer to construction

THE COMMISSIONER of the Department of Environmental Protection issued a two-page decision on Friday affirming the issuance of a key environmental permit to Wynn Resorts for its $2 billion hotel-casino complex in Everett. The decision by Martin Suuberg, in response to an appeal by Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, is still subject to reconsideration, but it(...)

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Wynn prevails in Somerville permit challenge

Wynn prevails in Somerville permit challenge

Casino construction can begin after commissioner OK

WYNN RESORTS on Friday moved a big step closer to beginning construction on its $2.7 billion hotel and casino in Everett when a state hearing officer said the Las Vegas company is deserving of a key environmental permit with a handful of modifications. The hearing officer, Jane Rothchild, recommended to the commissioner of the Department of(...)

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Building a government agency from scratch

Building a government agency from scratch

An inside look at the launch of the Mass Gaming Commission

 Photographs by Mark Morelli I’VE ALWAYS HAD MIXED FEELINGS about gambling. I had no moral concerns about it; indeed, for years my wife and I had enjoyed a day or two at the Saratoga racetrack each summer. Moreover, I had occasionally visited casinos throughout my life, actually becoming pretty good at blackjack when I was(...)

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The oddball ballot question

The oddball ballot question

Quest for 2d slots parlor stays under radar

One of the four questions certified for the November ballot is a political oddity. Most ballot question proponents are hungry for publicity, eager to get their point of view before voters. Three of the approved ballot questions — for legalizing marijuana, increasing the number of charter schools, and protecting farm animals — are mounting major(...)

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Committee OKs Lottery move online

Committee OKs Lottery move online

Lawmakers say younger people less likely to buy tickets

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS LOTTERY would be authorized to offer its products online and on mobile applications, something the Lottery has said is essential to maintaining and growing its revenues, under a bill given approval this week by a legislative committee. The Lottery has been looking for a “broad mandate” from the Legislature(...)

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Wynn: Curtatone appeal not delaying casino

Wynn: Curtatone appeal not delaying casino

Says cost of entry in Mass. is sky-high

STEVE WYNN said Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone’s appeal of an environmental permit for his company’s proposed Everett casino is groundless, but he no longer is saying the legal challenge is delaying the project. “It actually didn’t interfere with our timeline,” he told reporters on Wednesday after a speech to the Boston College Chief Executives Club(...)

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Only 10 boat slips at Wynn casino

Only 10 boat slips at Wynn casino

Resort officials say number should be sufficient

THE PROPOSED WYNN RESORTS hotel and casino in Everett will feature just 10 slips for boats to pull up and dock. The number seems small given all the concerns about automobile traffic congestion at the resort, but Wynn Resorts officials said they think the number should be sufficient. The number of boat slips became something(...)

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Wynn says construction will start this summer

Wynn says construction will start this summer

Says challenge from Somerville will be the last one

STEVE WYNN TOLD FINANCIAL ANALYSTS on Thursday that Wynn Resorts will resolve an environmental challenge from Somerville and start building its $2 billion Everett hotel and casino this summer. Wynn said the hotel will offer grandeur not available anywhere in the United States except Las Vegas. The analysts seemed concerned about the repeated delays to(...)

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Wynn land case defendants found not guilty

Wynn land case defendants found not guilty

Big defeat for feds; questions raised about Gaming Commission

A FEDERAL JURY took less than a day to return not guilty verdicts for three men accused of concealing a convicted felon’s ownership stake in a 35-acre parcel of Everett land acquired by Wynn Resorts for a $2 billion hotel and casino project. Charles Lightbody, Anthony Gattineri, and Dustin DeNunzio on Friday were each found(...)

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