Wynn Proposes Use of Oysters to Clean Mystic River

Wynn Resorts announced it will partner with the Massachusetts Oyster Project to use over 250,000 live oysters to clean the Mystic River, should the proposal for its $1.6 billion waterfront resort and casino in Everett gain state approval.

According to a statement released by Wynn Resorts, a single oyster can effectively filter thirty to fifty gallons of water every day. Wynn said it would spend $30 million to clean the 33-acre, contaminated site and add landscaping, a picnic park, an indoor garden, deck, water service, dining and retail, and boat docks.

“Wynn’s commitment goes above and beyond what is required by law and will convert a contaminated former chemical plant site into a public waterfront gem that everyone can enjoy,” said Robert DeSalvio, senior vice president of Wynn Development. “The Everett waterfront has been locked out of public use for more than a century. We’re going to open it up in grand fashion and create a spectacular esplanade that will be brimming with activity all year long. Our waterfront will be a crowning jewel of our resort.”

Wynn is competing with Mohegan Sun for a license in eastern Massachusetts. According to the state Gaming Commission website, a license should be awarded in September. Medford has signed surrounding community agreements with both Wynn and Mohegan Sun.

The Gaming Commission is holding a public meeting in Boston on Thursday morning. An update on the licensing timeline is on the agenda, among other items.

– InsideMedford.com

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