Foxboro Votes To Not Enter Casino Negotiations With Kraft, Wynn

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV

FOXBORO (CBS) – The Foxboro Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 in favor of a motion not to enter into casino negotiations with the Kraft-Wynn team.

The board will send a letter to the Governor, the Chair of the Casino Commission and Patriot owner Robert Kraft saying Foxboro is not willing to be a host community, and that the Board of Selectmen is not willing to enter into negotiations with Robert Kraft and Steve Wynn.

The vote followed heated debate at the Board of Selectman’s meeting tonight.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports.

The majority of residents who asked to be heard spoke out against a casino. However, many people said they support the idea and many said they were still undecided and want to hear the proposal out.

The meeting had dozens of disruptions. The Chairman of the Board asked the Police Chief to remove one resident, Helen Merigan, who protested a time limit for residents to make their views heard. She was eventually allowed to speak.

“Two Great White Sharks are circling Foxboro,” she said. “The town of Foxboro and its people are being attacked by two outsiders, who could care less about what a disaster a resort casino would be for us. ”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

The Chairman of the Board also had to reprimand another resident, a physician named David Coleman, after he claimed that a casino will lead to more sexually transmitted diseases.

Town officials say tonight’s vote doesn’t mean that a casino is off the table in Foxboro. The Kraft-Wynn team can still make a presentation to the town for consideration.

  • Ellen

    Don’t blame the ones who are against this, and if people think these are jobs that will benefit the community, think again. Hell, they were laying off workers down in Twin Rivers. Gambling casinos is not the way to go.

    • bosmonkey

      100% agree. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are not fairing well either.

  • DD

    People can be so ignorant sometimes. There were people at the meeting last night that acted like animals. No regard for common sense, just had a one sided view point and didn’t want to hear the other side. It’s people like Helen and David who get so far stuck on an issue that they don’t know how to have a healthy two way conversation about a topic. “casinos will cause an increase in sexually transmitted diseases” really guy? That’s the defense you came up with? That’s the reason you don’t want casinos? Go crawl back under a rock until you have something valuable to contribute to the discussion. The people of Foxboro owe a world of thanks to what Mr. Kraft has already done for the town. He has always stuck to his word and has always heard any and all idea/complaints the towns people have had, and the people repay him by sticking fingers in their ears and humming loudly like a 6yr old who doesn’t want to listen. Grow up Foxboro, at least hear the ideas and see the proposal before you pick a side.

    • bosmonkey

      If I lived there, I could care less what Kraft had to say either. I wouldn’t have a stupid argument like the guy you mentioned talking about STDs, but I wouldn’t want that in or near my town.

      No proposal offered would change my mind.

  • JZ

    The people of this town are fools to not even entertain the idea of hearing the proposal. Wynn casino would increase property value, salary, schools and give the town tax money. not to mention all the other business that would benefit. country clubs, doctors, laundry, restaurants, etc. wake up selectmen and town!

    • Paul

      actually it decreases property value, and it causes more traffic which means more cops on traffic detail, which inevitably turns into overtime they work. And the list can go on. I wanted the casino but it really does screw up small towns

  • bosmonkey

    JZ – Would you want a casino in your backyard? Dealing with the traffic, noise, etc..? Increases property value? Where’d you come up wtih that one?

    Very few people want a casino in or even near their town because of the problems associated with them.

    Look at the financial situation of Twin Rivers, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun that has been in the news and you will realize it is a bad idea.

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  • Kasia831

    Getting a casino is not a great idea. I live near one. We went from being in the top 50 school districts to the bottom 50, 36 teachers were laid off, due to they needed to hire special teachers to teach English to 14 languages now spoken in the area (at double the cost of a regular teacher). Their parents work at the casino’s. These parents claim NY as their home state, so pay no taxes in our state. Also crime has doubled and forget trying to get into an emergency room. My house taxes have gone from $1600 a year to $8700. The police force has tripled and the traffic is terrible. I have been hit twice and both times the person did not speak English, had no drivers license or car registration. Are you people ready for this?

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