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BostonHerald.com - Late night drinking proposal at Encore worries Boston-area advocates

BostonHeraldcom  Late night drinking proposal at Encore worries Bostonarea advocates

Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards, who represents nearby Charlestown and East Boston, said “I would prefer right now, considering they were just fined and they have some trust-building to do, that they work in the confines of a 2 a.m. license. That’s not to say that six months or a year down the road, they don’t deserve one, but I want to see that they earn the trust of our neighborhood.”

And Celeste Myers, who led another group opposing the casino, said “It’s an assault on businesses and quality of life … They’re going to realize they can stand next to a slot machine and a table and be served all night.”

Myers said the roadways in East Boston already have issues.

“We’ve seen a bunch of bad crashes in Eastie just over the past few weeks — and that’s without a casino,” Myers said.

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria said in a statement, “In order for it to be a destination for an international clientele, the resort needs to be able to offer these clients a cocktail during the time they play.”

DeMaria added, “Overserving and irresponsible behavior will not be tolerated. In addition, state and local police will be present along with Encore security and transportation services will be available for guests to ensure the safety of all.”

Everett city spokesman Tom Philbin acknowledged that the city’s police chief had concerns about the late serving, which has prompted the city to plan for a beefed up police presence in and around the casino during those hours.

updated: 3 months ago