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Bangor Accepts 'racino'

11 June 2003

BANGOR – As reported by the Bangor Daily News: ``Residents made it apparent Tuesday they are ready to pull the lever on slot machines at the city's commercial harness racing track in the hope of a big payoff for the area's economy. With all nine precincts reporting, voters approved a citywide referendum on allowing slots at Bass Park, 57 percent to 43 percent.

``...The referendum question was prompted by a proposal from Shawn Scott, the Nevada developer whose company, Capital Seven LLC, hopes to build Maine's first 'racino,' or racetrack casino, at the city-owned harness racing track.

``…Scott said he chose Bangor in part because it has been home to harness racing for more than 150 years.

``…Remaining hurdles for Scott's racino plan include negotiating a development agreement with the city of Bangor - owner of Bass Park and the raceway - and winning statewide approval for racetrack slot machines on Nov. 4…”

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