First ad set to air opposing slots at Arundel Mills
A 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.
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