Mitchell: Other Casinos Unlikely if Wampanoags Get Federal Approval
Just weeks after New Bedford loses out on a casino bid, a Taunton-based casino may soon get the green light from the federal government.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for years has tried to get land in trust approved for a tribal resort casino in Taunton. The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs says a decision on the tribe's application will be made in 30 days.
New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell says if the Mashpee Wampanoags receive federal approval, he's doubtful any other casinos would be opened in Southeastern Massachusetts. "That's why all of the investors who have explored casino projects in Region C, they've all said if the casino in Taunton gets built whatever else is there will go out of business."
A casino proposal in Brockton is the only remaining commercial bid in Region C. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has not yet announced it's intentions for the region.