Entertainment companies seem to spend a lot in developing building assets to increase both their revenues and market influence. This has been a dream for one casino in Martha’s Vineyard, to build a bingo hall in the same location but unfortunately, the dream was halted last June by the court, citing the company must get a permit from the local authorities.
For this particular reason, the legal team representing the tribal casino has gone back to the courts and filed appeals, wanting the ruling reviewed and hopefully overturned. The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay is of the opinion that a new judge or set of the legal panel from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals would drop the directive that the business should not continue with its building projects unless local permits are given.
The tribe’s take is that the permitting process is unnecessary and that the law’s interpretation allows the business to continue with its errands. Claims are that the Wampanoag Tribe operations have always been in line with the IGRA (or the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act since they came into the business. And they have already prioritized the concerns raised, especially with regard to public safety.
Scott Crowell, one of the frontline lawyers repressing the tribe, in his brief mentioned that the ruling passed in June by Saylor was not in line with the correct interpretation of IGRA’s law. He added that if this directive is allowed to stand, justice for this and other similar businesses will suffer. That is, to help promote asset investment and infrastructure development, IGRA has given certain privileges to native investors.
In precise he pointed out that this will destabilize tribal privileges and may even interfere with the Indian gaming market. Painting the notion that, no law should be focused on restricting natives just for the sake of doing so.
The legal battle seems to be growing fierce by the day. So far, the Regional Planning Commission, according to one a news article shared by casino.org has spent over $89,000 in the lawsuit. Now following these newly filed appeals, it’s clear that a similar amount or even more would end up being spent on the same because it seems the Gay Tribe is well determined to fight back and might request a whole new hearing of the matter.
Complicating it, even more, is that some government officials are divided over the Regional Planning Commission’s decision to implement such restrictions. Jeffrey Madison, shared his view with publishers at Casino.org and his statement is very clear, ‘we as the Administrative team in the two of Aquinnah respect and acknowledge the rights the Tribes are entitled to.
Well, the public eye has not complained or relayed any concern that questions the site safety of Martha’s Vineyard. There’s are proofs indicating the security of the business was beefed up last summer and the construction site, which stretches from the tribe towards the town was already engineer approved.
However, the Tribe agrees that there would need to place coverings, seal rebars, as well as erecting of barriers when the trenching work commences.