July 13, 2007

June Airport Minutes

They are on-line, click here. Lots of information regarding rental agreements with Thrifty Car Rental and the renting of the parking lot to Worcester State College. Not much regarding the status of anything IMG is doing, are there any ongoing airline negotiations and nothing regarding the extention of the current operating agreement with MassPort.


Anonymous said...

I say we write Sheldon Adelson and tip him off about buying ORH should he be building his casino in Marlboro...

Vegas on I-495: Sands man seeks gambling resort
By Scott Van Voorhis
Boston Herald Business Reporter

Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - Updated: 04:22 PM EST

Gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson, who grew up poor in Dorchester and has become one of the world’s richest men, is drafting plans for an extravagant gambling resort in Boston’s outer suburbs and recently made his pitch to Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration.

Adelson, whose Las Vegas Sands Corp. oversees gambling resorts stretching from the Vegas strip to the resort city of Macau on China’s coast, wants to make the Bay State the latest addition to his global casino empire, industry executives and others familiar with his plans said.

Adelson, who in the past has expressed interest in building a resort casino west of Boston near Interstate 495, is now focusing his attention on the Marlboro area, one executive said.

Adelson, who has a home in Newton, huddled recently with Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Dan O’Connell, spokeswoman Kofi Jones confirmed.

O’Connell is overseeing a review of whether the Bay State should legalize casino gambling. Gov. Patrick is expected to make a decision later this summer.

“He came in and offered his ideas on how the commonwealth could benefit from expanded gambling,” Jones said. “He addressed some of the economic impacts associated with the gaming industry. We met with him as we have met with people on all sides of the issue and continue to.”

Adelson, whose newly unveiled $2.2 billion Venetian Macau will feature 20,000 luxury hotel rooms, is interested in a full-scale casino resort, one with everything from hotels and restaurants to spacious gambling facilities, industry executives and others said.

The gambling chief believes that such a casino, placed near Interstate 495, would be best poised to draw the widest possible customer base from across New England, including gamblers who now travel to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, executives familiar with his thinking said.

Back in 2002, Adelson told a panel of state lawmakers he was prepared to build a $1.5 billion resort casino. At that time, he mentioned an abandoned racetrack in Westboro as an ideal location.

Such local knowledge may seem surprising, but the casino magnate is no stranger to the area. The son of a Dorchester taxicab driver, Adelson sold newspapers on the street corner to bring in extra money. Today he sits atop a $26 billion fortune, one of the world’s largest.

Adelson’s bold pitch comes as the gambling issue gains momentum on Beacon Hill.

State Treasurer Tim Cahill has proposed selling off one or more casino licenses to private casino developers. Meanwhile, the newly recognized Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is pursuing its own plans to build a $1 billion casino in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Harry Tembenis
Worcester, MA

Anonymous said...

True story about Brian Martin of Holden

Came back from vacation and instead of Brian asking me how my vacation went he asks me if anybody told me about what happened to him.

I said no and Brian proceeds to explain how next door a medical patient needed assistance in going to the bathroom...nobody wanted to help the elderly gentleman at either the medical facilty or billing service where Brian works.

To his credit Brian helped the guy but was apparently embarresed (recently married w/ two step kids. Apparently didn't want them to know---maybe they would have thought some funny business went on in the bathroom or endless jokes about undoing the guys pants.

Sorry Brian...you did a good deed, but now that I know you better and you would have joked about it if someone else had done it, i decided to tell the story.