Council President Peter Gill said he will appoint at the July 17 council meeting a committee of three councilors who will be the liaison between the council and the public concerning the possible construction of a $1 billion casino/resort at Suffolk Downs. The committee will continue to seek public input on the casino process and be the information line between Suffolk Downs and the council. Gill said a decision has not been made yet about who will sit on the committee that will negotiate a mitigation package with Suffolk Downs.
The casino will be one of the largest developments ever in this area and Winthrop has been designated as one of two â€œsurroundingâ€ communities (along with Chelsea), while Revere and East Boston will be the â€œhostâ€ communities. The casino process is an ongoing one and itâ€™s good to see that our council president has provided our residents with a forum in which to be heard.