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First ad set to air opposing slots at Arundel Mills

Thumbnail image for aaslots.jpgA coalition opposed to a slot machine casino at Arundel Mills mall plans to start airing its first television ads Friday night.

Anne Arundel County voters will get a say in November on whether to allow zoning for the 4,750-machine casino being developed by Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. The facility would be the largest of five slots sites authorized in Maryland.

The ad by No Slots at the Mall argues that slots do not belong at "a family friendly environment" and would be better suited for a racetrack.

Among the anti-mall coalition members is the Maryland Jockey Club, which is maneuvering to get a slots license for Laurel Park racetrack if the Cordish project is scuttled. Homeowners who live by the mall are also part of the effort.

The coalition said the ad will air on stations in the Baltimore market and on Anne Arundel cable.

Cordish has stressed the hundreds of millions of dollars its casino is expected to generate for education programs and said citizen concerns about traffic and crime are misplaced.

By John Wagner  |  August 13, 2010; 3:57 PM ET
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Arundel Mills is zoned for this sort of enterprise. Laurel Racetrack is not. Arundel Mills has the infrastructure in place to support the traffic slots would generate. Laurel does not. The neighborhoods around Laurel Racetrack have 3 times the number of residents than the Dorchester neighborhood. And since we all care about national security now, much of the traffic being generated would likely come from people coming off I-95 to Route 32 which would take them right by Ft. Meade and the National Security Agency.

The petition drive that is keeping this issue on life support is tainted by fraud. The company who ran the petition drive went to the mall and got signatures from people who don't live in the area but simply work there and were worried that it might be harder for them to park if slots were introduced.

The people in the Arundel Mills area overwhelmingly supported slots until it turned out they might end up in their backyard. It's ok to force this sort of thing on poorer neighborhoods but not good enough for them.

Posted by: ysatis830 | August 14, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The campaign against Arundel Mills slots is a sham, just like the petition drive.

It is fully funded by the same people who have driven the MD horseracing industry into the ground: The Jockey Club.

Their actions in this regard are tantamount to organized crime. MD is using money to PA, WV, DE, and NJ every day this stupidity is allowed to continue!

Posted by: joeboe1 | August 16, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

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