Another casino could open in New Bedford
The small Massachusetts town of New Bedford
continues to make headlines in the casino industry.
the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe purchased 325 acres of land
in New Bedford with intentions of building a casino there, now
Northeast Resorts, a joint venture between Leon Dragone of East
Longmeadow and Steven Norton of Las Vegas, has purchased a
closing metal working plant on the waterfront.
Many see this just as a smart purchase by
Northeast Resorts, because the plant sits among the land
purchased by the Indian tribe, and the real estate prices are
expected to sky rocket if the Indian casino opens.
Despite criticism of the selectmen by many of
the locals, New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang met with
representatives of the Mashpee Wampanoag on Monday to discuss
their plans of opening a casino resort similar to the Mohegan
Sun in Uncasville, Conn. The tribe reps are scheduled to meet
the towns people and address any concerns tonight.
Gov. Deval Patrick is examining whether to
support an expansion of legal gambling beyond the Massachusetts
Lottery and the state’s four racetracks.