Should Anne Arundel first vote to allow zoning for a slots casino, then Lottery Commission can decide if they are going to grant Cordish a slots liscense…or, should the Lottery Commission first decide whether or not they are going to grant Cordish the license, and then if so, the Council can decide about the zoning.
Which is the cart, and which is the horse?
If you are not busy tonight and you are interested in the fate of the Maryland Thoroughbred industry, the Anne Arundel County Council zoning hearing is THE place to be this evening.
However, before the County Council hearing starts, all the buzz is sure to be about today’s late afternoon meeting of the Maryland State Lottery Commission, in which Commission is expected to vote on the Cordish Corp.’s request for approval for a slots casino near Arundel Mills Mall.
Then, the real fun starts around 7 p.m., when busloads of horsemen descend on the Anne Arundel County Council Zoning Hearing, being held at 44 Calvert Street in Annapolis. Today’s zoning hearing will be a living illustration of the old saw “politics make for strange bedfellows,” as horsemen and slots foes alike will be protesting slots at Arundel Mills. Meanwhile, there continue to be threats to table the zoning vote.
If you are attending tonight’s protest, please send The Equiery your thoughts and photos, and we will post them on our news blog! firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries in the Race To Buy Laurel/Pimlico
The bids for Laurel and Pimlico were due last Friday, December 4, but no word yet on who has entered the race.
By mid-November, it was clear that no stalking horse was going to enter the race for bids.