ENVIRONMENT

We've gone from a convenience casino, to a casino with restaurants, a casino with a hotel, a casino with a parking garage, a casino that operates 24-hours a day, and a casino with what appears to be a significant environmental impact. Moving it a few hundred feet into the woods won't hide it in the winter, and the 24-hour lights, traffic and activity will certainly impact our environment. If passed, you can bet the legislature will change laws to accommodate this bad idea. The environment, traffic, and the community will not matter at that point.Nervous yet?

"If the Twin River Casino serves as a guide, however, it’s likely that whatever is built in Tiverton will grow at the expense of undeveloped land and perhaps nearby wetlands. Legislation passed by the General Assembly allowed the one-time greyhound racetrack to became a video poker parlor. The facility soon added table games, a music venue, a hotel and an unapproved parking lot. Not long after the new Twin River Casino opened, the hours of operation were extended to 24 hours a day. It’s one of the few public venues in the state to allow indoor smoking."
ecoRI News

Environmental concerns over Sucker Brook may also bring to light an ownership dispute based on land granted over 300 years ago. Sucker Brook cuts through part of the wetlands that make up the proposed 45-acre site for the proposed Twin River Casino in Tiverton. Fall River owns the water that flows from Stafford Pond via Sucker Brook. See "Sucker Brook is key to Fall River's claims about Tiverton casino development" for some historical perspective.


 


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