Foxwoods told "South Philly or nowhere"

August 28, 2009 3:48:12 PM PDT
Pennsylvania's gambling regulators have approved a 21-month extension for the planned Foxwoods slot-machine casino along the Delaware River waterfront in South Philadelphia. State Gaming Control Board Chairman Gregory Fajt warned Foxwoods officials before the unanimous vote to stop any further consideration of alternative sites - despite continuing opposition from citizen activists.

The vote followed a lively hearing at which more than two dozen protesters held up signs urging the board to "pull the plug" on the project and repeatedly interrupted the proceeding.

Foxwoods executives said they plan to open an "interim" casino with at least 1,500 slot machines by the new May 2011 deadline and to expand in the years ahead.

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