The long-awaited decision from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has come and Everett is the big winner. What seemed like an incredible long-shot when Mayor Carlo DeMaria announced that Steve Wynn was looking at a site in Everett back in December 2012 for a casino site now is on the verge of becoming a reality.
Mayor DeMaria is to be congratulated for bringing this prize to Everett as is his team of city officials, who made sure that everything was done in a professional manner in preparation for the vote that took place at the MGC on Tuesday afternoon.
As important as the work done by the City of Everett officials, the real work was done by Steve Wynn’s team, headed by Michael Weaver and Gamal Aziz, who were the face of Steve Wynn at so many of the meetings that had taken place over the past 22 months.
Steve Wynn’s development is a big win not only for Everett, but also for the surrounding communities. A brown field will be cleaned, there now will be access to the waterfront for area residents, and a traffic nightmare at Sullivan Square will be ameliorated.
Wynn’s reputation is synonymous with excellence and to have his hotel in our city will bring just an incredible cache that will attract even more high-scale businesses.
While all seems to be headed in the right direction, we caution our readers to note that the storm clouds of a recall petition for casino gambling in Massachusetts is on the November statewide ballot. This recall effort will be the last hurdle to clear before Steve Wynn can start construction.