“That’s a premature question, because there is no proposal before the town,” he said.
Murray said he is still waiting to see whether Nunes will pass the first phase of the process, which is a check of his finances and background.
“We haven’t been presented any financial information," he said. “There’s nothing there yet, it’s basically just gathering information.”
The Milford residents and those from neighboring towns at the meeting are not counting on selectmen to stop the project. Instead, they say, they are ready to sway voters.
“The most important thing is not the selectmen,” Seaver said. “We need to keep the focus on the referendum and the five or six thousand voters who will decide this.”
Seaver said he will be a part of a core group that will meet biweekly to organize against the proposal, building grass-roots support through e-mail chains and by word of mouth, preparing for what he thinks will be an eventual vote on a proposal next fall.
He said fund-raising will be done to purchase more lawn signs, produce fliers, and buy advertisements, but utilizing social media and old-fashioned door-to-door campaigning will be the focus.
“This is not about whether or not you are pro or con gambling; that horse is out of the barn,” said Holliston resident John Vosburg, land manager for the New England Mountain Bike Association, which owns land next to the proposed casino site. “This is about the location, and speaking with a common voice saying that this isn’t the place for a casino.”
Arguments against the proposal will likely focus on the proposed site’s location in the middle of a neighborhood of single-family homes, a casino’s effect on local property values, traffic, and ground water, and its toll on police and fire departments, schools, and other town services.
“Everyone assumes [the license] will go to Boston, but we have to hope for the best and plan for the worst,” Ken Rockett, a spokesman for Casino-Free Milford, told the meeting. “We’re here tonight to plan for the worst.’’
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