Casino supporters cheered after Revere voters approved a billion dollar resort casino on land next to Suffolk Downs.
Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo led the charge.
"Today Revere said yes to jobs, today Revere said yes to tax relief for all of our residents. Today Revere said yes to better schools and safer streets," he said.
Now Mohegan Sun and the community will have to convince the Mass. State Gaming Commission the plan is better than a competing proposal from Wynn Resorts to build a casino in Everett.
Mohegan officials said Revere voters made a clear case with their vote.
"I think more people voted 'yes' here in revere than actually voted in Everett so I think you can look at a lot of different things. This was an overwhelming support of this casino by a community that clearly wants it,” Mohegan Sun CEO Mitchell Etess said.
Those who don't want a casino here said they're disappointed by the vote but they are not ready to give up.
"Though the battle has ended and we lost, the war is not over. We move on to the repeal effort here and we also know that there is going to be a public hearing and though our vote lost, our voices won't be silenced," casino opponent Joseph Catricula said.
The state’s gaming law allows for three casinos to be built in Massachusetts. Everett and Revere will now go head to head for the right to build a casino in Eastern Massachusetts.
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