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Suffolks Downs to Proceed With Casino Near Boston

Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The Suffolk Downs horse racing track, which straddles two cities in Massachusetts, will proceed with plans to develop a casino on its land in Revere after voters in East Boston rejected the proposal.

Residents of Revere approved the proposal yesterday, prompting the city’s mayor to ask Suffolk Downs to build the casino on the racetrack’s 52 acres that lie in his city.

“We respect the vote of our neighbors in East Boston,” Chip Tuttle, Suffolk Downs’ chief operating officer, said in an e-mailed statement.

Massachusetts legalized casino gambling two years ago. The legislation requires the approval of local voters before applicants can obtain a state license. While voters in East Boston rejected the proposal 56 percent to 44 percent, Revere residents approved the plan 59 percent to 38 percent, according to the cities’ websites.

Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo called Suffolk Downs last night and asked the company to reshape its project so that it could be built there, he said in a statement.

“Our community will continue to fight so that Revere can win this boost to our local economy,” Rizzo said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Palmeri in Los Angeles at cpalmeri1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net

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