Monday, September 15, 2014
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City Attorneys Ask Court To Reconsider Casino Ruling

Mayor Nutter's administration asked the state Supreme Court today to reconsider it decision last month that SugarHouse, a proposed casino in Fishtown, has the right to build on 11 acres of state-owned "riparian lands" along the banks of the Delaware river.

City Attorneys Ask Court To Reconsider Casino Ruling

A artist´s rendering of the proposed SugarHouse casino.
A artist's rendering of the proposed SugarHouse casino.

Mayor Nutter's administration asked the state Supreme Court today to reconsider it decision last month that SugarHouse, a proposed casino in Fishtown, has the right to build on 11 acres of state-owned "riparian lands" along the banks of the Delaware river. That property makes up half of Sugarhouse's 22 acres. This is not the first time the Mayor's Office or City Council has asked the court to reconsider a decision on a casino matter. So far, all of the court's rulings have stood without being re-examined.

The city Law Department, in a filing today, argued two points:  That the Court got it wrong when it decided a license to build on the riparian lands issued by then-Mayor Street's administration last year could not be revoked by a new mayor and that it could not be revoked because SugarHouse claimed to have relied on that license while making its casino plans.  SugarHouse, the Law Department wrote, "has proven no such thing."

State Sen. Vince Fumo last month said he and other legislators would appeal the decision in federal court.  SugarHouse has praised the court for its "meticulous legal and factual analysis."

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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