The push to expand and a add table games to the Newport Grand Casino took a step forward following Wednesday's city council vote.
The Newport City Council voted 4-3 at the meeting--which drew a standing-room only crowd--in favor of a resolution which prompts the Rhode Island General Assembly to put forth a voter referendum in November that would allow the slots parlor to add table games.
The addition of table games is essential to the proposal by investor group, which includes former Providence Mayor Joe Paolino, who seek to renovate and expand the current facility.
"We are encouraged by the City Council's vote and look forward to working with the General Assembly to advocate for passage there as well, said Paolino. "Our vision for Newport Grand is clear - we are committed to saving hundreds of jobs and creating even more, developing a space that suits the character of the community, and bolstering the city and state's economy. We are ready to share our vision with the voters."
Many members of the community have spoken out against the casino expansion, citing business and traffic concerns.