Twin River tries to gain support in casino construction

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TIVERTON, R.I (WPRI) — A rally Tuesday evening served as the beginning of Twin River’s campaign to win over votes from Tiverton residents.

The laborers union and Twin River leaders alike are trying to encourage people to see the benefits of having a casino in the town.

“Jobs and revenue” were the main talking points, according to Twin River Chairman John Taylor. “550-660 jobs and enhanced revenue to the state of Rhode Island. That’s the core message.”

Taylor emphasized that these jobs should go to Rhode Islanders, especially those in Tiverton and at the Newport Grand Parlor.

“One day Newport will close and the next day Twin River Tiverton will open. The two will never be open at the same time,” he said. Twin River bought out Newport Grand last year.

Local residents have mixed opinions about having a casino so close to home.

One neighbor, Liz Perry, who lives less than half a mile from the proposed casino site, said she is worried but hopeful.

“I know there are concerns about traffic and increased activities in the area, but I think if it’s planned well and done right, it can be a big asset to the town.”

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