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Residents Plan To Fight Proposed Foxborough Casino

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Foxborough and Walpole residents are building momentum to battle a proposed casino across from Gillette Stadium.

Several dozen people gathered in a quickly arranged protest on Foxborough’s Common Saturday. Protesters waved signs that read “Gambling Destroys” and “We Can’t Be Bought.”

Protestors of a proposed casino in Foxboro. (Lynn Jolicoeur/WBUR)

Protesters of a proposed casino in Foxboro. (Lynn Jolicoeur/WBUR)

They’re gathering signatures on a petition they will present to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Las Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn.

John Murtagh a member of the Walpole Planning Board, says his town would feel a big impact from a casino just over the line.

“It’s going to bring crime. It’s going to bring vandalism. It’s going to put a strain on our police and fire,” Murtagh said. “Stop it! Stop it now, right now!”

Protest organizer Erin Earnst of Foxborough says voters will defeat any proposed casino in a referendum, out of fear of endless traffic and increased crime.

“With the new legislation, we have the last word. We’re a small town. We’re a great town. We love our town,” Earnst said. “We love the great things that Mr. Kraft has done for our town. But this is asking too much.”

Jeff Cournoyer, a spokesman for The Kraft Group, released a written statement Saturday saying the group realizes casinos are a polarizing issue. The statement goes on to say that Wynn Resorts “puts a strong emphasis on enhancing their host communities and being good neighbors.”

Robert Kraft has planned a series of media interviews with Steve Wynn on Monday.

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  • GUEST

    KRAFT WANTED TO LEAVE FOXBORO 3-TIMES!!!  YOU SHOULD HAVE LET HIM GO WHEN HE WANTED TO.  THE ONLY REASON WHY HE STAYED IS HE DON’T PAY TAXES ON THE STADIUM.  HE ALWAYS WANTED TO LEAVE HERE.  WHAT DID YOU ALL EXPECT??? WHY DON’T HE MOVE THE WHOLE TEAM TO LAS VEGAS THEY NEED A FOOTBALL TEAM ANYWAY!

    • Crpcrp Parker

      No way patriots are not going to Vegas patriots stay here

  • Crpcrp Parker

    I think this is great for foxboro

    • Amyash1966

      You are probably an uneducated alcoholic degenerate gambler.

  • Anonymous

    I find it revealing that Bob Kraft is not proposing the construction of his casino in centrally-located Brookline (his primary residence) or in Mashpee at the entrance of touristy Cape Cod (his summer home.)  Perhaps he should consider these excellent locations?  Otherwise, I propose that the construction of a casino be contingent on Bob Kraft and Steve Wynn (the developer of crime-ridden las Vegas) living, along with their extended families, in Foxboro full-time for as long as the proposed casino is in operation. 
     
    It’s very easy for these billionaires to tell others how “great” such a casino will be for our currently beautiful and safe town -when they don’t expect to live with the consequences.  

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