Guest Op-ed: Springtime, Encore, and the Waterfront

By Mayor Carlo DeMaria

With daylight savings upon us, Spring is certainly in the air. The Connolly Center and the Health and Wellness Centers are filled with residents looking escape cabin fever. The sun has been shining and the temperature has reached over 70 degrees.

What better time than now to check out Everett’s spectacular waterfront? Encore Boston Harbor offers magnificent amenities that residents should explore if they haven’t yet. Imagine: a 5-star resort in our own backyard attracting people from all over the world built on the ashes of the land’s former resident, the pollution-heavy mega-corporation known as Monsanto Chemical.

Encore Boston Harbor is so much more than a Casino. There is far more at Encore than slot machines and table games. Their state-of-the-art spa rivals the finest in Boston. Their dining options have something for everyone. Where else can you get prime rib for $29.99 at a top tier steak house like Rare? Their mid-week rates for overnight guests are reasonable for such a beautiful facility. I am so fortunate to have witnessed this breathtaking facility literally rise from start to finish. Stacy and I have enjoyed a few overnight stays at Encore. Our most memorable was the opening day of the resort in preparation for the ceremonial ribbon cutting, a defining moment in our City’s history that I will never forget. Waking up to a view of our City from a now nationally recognizable landmark after years of intense advocacy was surreal.

As Spring approaches, I invite you to take a Saturday afternoon to explore the resort or the grounds that surround it. Take a stroll along the beautiful waterfront or the outdoor parks and vastly sprawling open spaces, all of which are free and open to the public. If you are feeling inclined, opt to treat yourself and stay mid-week for $149. Our Everett is developing and progressing and I’m excited for the future.

Carlo DeMaria is the Mayor of Everett.

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