POLL: Should Milford Residents Oppose a Casino?
An article on Boston.com says there isn't much opposition from the host community for the proposed gambling resort.
The discussion of a casino in Milford was a hot-button issue in the area even before Gov. Deval Patrick signed the legislation allowing resort-style casinos to be built in the state.
An article from Boston.com on Sunday said while there is opposition formed outside of Milford, residents of the town haven't been vocally against the betting house.
"Such opposition — except from surrounding towns — has been essentially absent in Milford, where town leaders say their constituents are voicing openness to the idea. Residents of nearby communities, such as Holliston and Hopkinton, don’t get a vote. Milford’s referendum, still many months away, would be binding," a Boston.com article said.
The article went on to say that residents are at least interested in seeing what benefits the casino could bring to the community.
“The vast majority of people in Milford are pretty content to look at the situation and say: ‘It’s a business. If it comes forward, let’s evaluate it,’” state Representative John Fernandes (D-Milford) told Boston.com.
A petition started on change.org has gathered more than 1,000 signatures, but a majority of them come from residents of surrounding communities. This differs greatly from a similar petition started in Foxborough that was signed by many residents of the town.
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