From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk
In Boston’s ongoing Casino Roulette, the latest Wynn Resorts offer got very different reactions in the local dailies.
Wynn makes offer to Boston
Proposal is richest to a city near planned Everett casino
Wynn Resorts has offered the City of Boston $1 million upfront and $2.6 million annually, along with hiring preferences for city residents, as compensation to offset the possible effects of a planned hotel and gambling resort on the Mystic River waterfront in Everett.
It is the richest deal Wynn offered to any community around the company’s planned resort, but far less than the $18 million annual payment promised to Boston by a rival applicant, Mohegan Sun, which is proposing a Revere casino.
Right – far less, as the Boston Herald headlined:
Wynn offer pales beside Sun’s
Rejected Everett deal a fifth of Mohegan’s
The best-and-final offer Wynn Resorts made to Boston — but Mayor Martin J. Walsh rejected — to soften the impact of the casino it wants to build in Everett called for $6 million in one-time payments and $2.6 million annually, according to a copy of the deal obtained by the Herald.
The cash pales in comparison to the $30 million upfront and minimum annual $18 million pledged to Boston by rival Mohegan Sun for a gaming resort on the Revere side of Suffolk Downs.
That’s the local dailies in a nutshell: Sunny-side-up Globe, sunny-side-down Herald.