From casinos to water rates, the top 10 stories in 2013 in the Milford area
By Lindsay Corcoran/Daily News staff
Posted Dec 26, 2013
Marshall Wolff/for Wicked Local and Daily News
Milford Free Casino Co-Chairmen Steve Trettel, left, and John Seaver, rear left, celebrate with the crowd on Nov. 19 after the results are announced on the casino referendum at Pinz in Milford.
The Milford region was an exciting place to be in 2013, with a casino proposal, a first look at the proposed expansion of the regional hospital, a local town celebrating 300 years and the implementation of a statewide medical marijuana law.
1. Considered by many to be the biggest thing to ever to happen in Milford or the region, the casino proposal dominated the news throughout the year. While developer David Nunes first proposed the idea of a casino in Milford in 2009, things didn’t get serious until he filed a last minute application with the state gaming commission in January. Then Foxwoods, operator of a casino in Connecticut, signed on and the idea turned into a $1 billion proposal. The project had its ups and downs, between promises of over $30 million up front and then annually then with drastic changes to the plans, infighting among partners and concerns over financing bringing it down. Many eyes were on Milford as their proposal was one of three to vie for one eastern Massachusetts license and one of only a handful of proposals across the state. In the end, though, Milford voters spoke loud and clear, defeating the proposal by a 2-1 margin on Nov. 19.