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City negotiators, Suffolk Downs far apart on casino deal

Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer of Suffolk Downs, unveiled the proposed casino and hotel project on March 27.
Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer of Suffolk Downs, unveiled the proposed casino and hotel project on March 27.

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Negotiators for Suffolk Downs walked out of a casino bargaining session with city officials last week, and the two sides — long considered allies in the gambling development — remain “miles apart” on how much money a casino at the East Boston track should pay to the city, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations.

The pact is an essential part of the application process, and must be completed at least 60 days before the casino proposal can go before the voters in a legally required referendum.

Suffolk Downs and partner Caesars Entertainment, have been working on their $1 billion casino plan for years; talks with the city date back many months: Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in April 2012 appointed an advisory committee to hammer out a deal with the developers.

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