Revere Says Yes – but East Boston Says No to Suffolk

The overall casino plan is in turmoil after Tuesday’s election, despite the best effort of a Revere electorate that voted for a casino 59 percent to 38 percent.

East Boston, however, spoiled the jackpot – shooting down the casino plan at Suffolk Downs by a vote 62 percent to 38 percent.
Nevertheless, a clear vote in Revere has Mayor Dan Rizzo calling for the fight to continue and for Suffolk Downs put the casino all on the Revere side.
That, however, is likely to be a long shot based on previous rulings by the Commission and the timing.
“Today, the people of Revere voted for jobs and economic development for their city and for the future of resort gaming in Revere,” Rizzo said. “Tonight I called Suffolk Downs and I have asked them to reshape their project and to build it only on their 52 acres in Revere. I will work with the Gaming Commission so that Revere’s affirmative land-use vote on this issue can stand. Our community will continue to fight so that Revere can win this boost to our local economy.”
Suffolk Downs they will reassess their plans, though time is of the essence as the deadline for all final projects is Dec. 31.
“On behalf of the hundreds of volunteers, supporters and employees of Suffolk Downs, we want to thank the people of Revere for their overwhelming vote of confidence in our project,” said Chip Tuttle of Suffolk Downs. We will reassess our plans based on tonight’s results.” In the end, the total vote in Revere was 6,566 yes and 4,232 no – a total that was buoyed by a humongous turnout in Ward 6 that just never seemed to stop.

7 comments for “Revere Says Yes – but East Boston Says No to Suffolk

  1. drensber
    November 6, 2013 at 8:45 am

    This is a smart move on Eastie’s part. Casinos are only really popular with the “65-death” demographic. By the time one actually got built, half of that demographic would moved to the “death” end, and 10 years after that, nearly all of them would have. Revere won’t succeed with their plan to move the whole thing to “Revere’s side of the fence”, because Suffolk Downs has already made too many mis-steps. The casino’s going to Everett, and Eastie and Revere will both be better off in the long term because of it.

  2. drensber
    November 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

    ” a total that was buoyed by a humongous turnout in Ward 6 that just never seemed to stop”

    Vote early, and vote often!

  3. jam
    November 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    “Vote early, and vote often!”

    I can tell you that I greeted just about everyone at the door and I never saw the same person twice come in line for voting; and it was steady all day until the polls closed.

  4. drensber
    November 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    It was sort of a joke, but the fact that you took me seriously says a lot.

  5. Matt
    November 7, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Which wards favored the casino and which ones didn’t in Revere?

  6. drensber
    November 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Yeah, let’s find out and then throw dead birds on the windshields of all the cars in the wards that didn’t generate enough “yes” votes! 😉

  7. BIG G
    November 24, 2013 at 11:29 am


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