Colorado Developer Considers Rhode Island Location - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

JOHNSTON, Rhode Island – As reported by the Providence Journal: "A Colorado developer is considering Johnston as one of several prospective locations in New England where he and an undisclosed partner might build a casino.

"David H. Nunes, owner of Higher Ground Development Corporation in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, would not confirm to The Journal the nature of the business deal he discussed with the Town Council last night in closed session.

"…In coffee shops and over the telephone yesterday, residents and town leaders talked about how surprised they had been to field phone calls Wednesday from a polling firm seeking their opinions about building a casino at or near the state Central Landfill.

"…The developer initially approached state Rep. Stephen R. Ucci, who said last night that he believed it was his responsibility as a legislator to get the information to the Town Council.

"…Mayor William R. Macera, who is in Florida on vacation, said yesterday afternoon that he, too, was surprised to learn of the casino proposal…"

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