Officials in Middleborough that was left out in the cold by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s efforts to build a resort casino want to be compensated. The tribe had signed a deal five years ago to build a casino in Middleborough. But the Wampanoags abandoned that plan, and now they plan to construct a casino in Taunton. Middleborough officials say the community sacrificed money and development opportunities.
Selectmen Chairman Alfred Rullo Jr. says the town wants “a combination of land and money” as compensation. He did not say how much, but called it “substantial.”
A lawyer for the Wampanoag tribe said the town’s claims are “irresponsible, false, and improper.”