There is a big, hulking shell of a casino rising on the Mystic River in Everett, Massachusetts. Many people have been hoping Wynn Boston Harbor would sparkle like a Bellagio East with grand restaurants, glittering ballrooms, dancing fountains, floating furniture, and riverfront paths. The promise of jobs galore, both during construction and for years to come, was another crucial part of the dream.
But now we’ve got a little problem. Wynn Resorts, even without Steve Wynn, is a tainted name. No one wants any facility in Massachusetts to be associated with a name that reeks of sexual misconduct. Casino construction is on hold, the fate of the casino license is up in the air, and the ensuing mess could take years to resolve. (more…)