The City Council could vote as soon as its next meeting Nov. 19 to restrict any casino development from coming to the city.
"I have not heard any opposition to it at this point from any of the councilors," said City Council President Arthur Vigeant, who initiated the measure. "It's basically allowing the city to make a choice. It's a little insurance policy for us. It gives us an option if someone wants to bring a casino to the city."
If the council approves the ordinance, which forbids any uses not explicitly allowed by law already, a casino would then have to request it be changed before a single card could be dealt.
Currently, there is no formal casino development proposal, but Marlborough is rumored to be a potential location if a recommendation by Governor Deval Patrick to allow such gaming is approved by the state Legislature.
-- Lisa Kocian
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