Still, the addition of Foxwoods doesn’t alter his group’s game plan — at least for now.
“It doesn’t change what we’re fighting much,” he said. “Maybe they’re more savvy about marketing it than somebody else would have been, but I don’t know, we haven’t seen any marketing efforts yet. Other than that, we’re still going full speed ahead.”
Most observers seem to agree that the Foxwoods partnership gives the Milford project more weight.
Barry Feingold, president of the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce, has said the project is exciting and members support more jobs in the area, but the chamber hasn’t issued a formal opinion yet.
“With Foxwoods they’ll have the financial backing to put them in the running,” he said. “I think it certainly makes it a more serious project. . . What we’re still waiting for, of course, is to see more detailed plans of the project.”
Milford selectmen, who have expressed openness to the project, say Foxwoods doesn’t change anything.
“I think a lot of people in Milford do go to Foxwoods,” said Dino DeBartolomeis, a lifelong resident and Milford selectman since 1982. “It’s a name people know, but that doesn’t mean anything in and of itself.” What really matters is the relationship with Nunes, he said.
“He seems like a very upfront businessman, and everything that he’s told us in the past has come true,” said DeBartolomeis. “The Board of Selectmen will have to work very, very closely with him as this goes along.”
Just like Milford voters, he said, he’ll have to weigh impacts on infrastructure and traffic against the potential jobs and revenue.
“I’m not excited and I’m not apprehensive about the proposal,” he said.
“I think we have to know fully what it entails.”