East Boston Residents Speak Out Against Casino Proposal



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Suffolk Downs’ owners have unveiled plans for a $1 billion resort-style casino at the horse-racing track.

The proposal for the 163-acre site includes 200,000 square feet of gaming space, including 200 table games and 4,000 to 5,000 slot machines, restaurants, entertainment venues, a hotel and the existing racetrack.

East Boston residents would have to vote in favor before the Suffolk Downs and its partner Caesars Entertainment can bid for a casino license from the state. Opponents are worried about traffic, crime, and real estate values.

Long-time East Boston resident and a founder of No Eastie Casino, Celeste Myers, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss her take on the project.