Taunton: Mashpee Wampanoags consider building a casino in town

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is looking for a new site in southeastern Massachusetts for a casino. Plans for a casino in Middleboro fell through. Now the tribe is looking to possibly build a casino in Taunton.

The Patriot Ledger reports that Taunton Mayor Tom Hoye Jr. confirmed there have been initial discussions with Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell and lobbyist William Delahunt from the Delahunt Group. The Mashpee Wampanoags hired the Delahunt group to lobby for them.

One possible site would be at the Liberty Union Industrial Park, which is near the Silver City Galleria and Routes 24 and 140.

Two other possible sites for a casino in the region are on the southern shore of Lake Nippenicket in Bridgewater and at Raynham Park, which no longer has dog racing because of a state ban.

The recently passed casino law allows for three casinos in the state, including one in southeastern Massachusetts, and one slots parlor.

About David Skill

Dave Skill’s radio career began in the fall of 1964 when he arrived on the campus of Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. Dave barely got his bags unpacked when he paid a visit to WCHC, the campus radio station. And, before he knew it, he was spending so much time as a disc jockey and news writer/reporter, it seemed like he was majoring in “radio” and minoring in academics at “The Cross”. As you might imagine, his grades reflected it! During his junior and senior years, he also worked weekends in news and as a disc jockey at WNEB, the CBS radio affiliate in Worcester at the time.