Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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A little lunch-time reading

Click on this link to read the community-benefits agreement negotiated between Fishtown Action and SugarHouse.

A little lunch-time reading

My column today about Fishtown Action - or FACT, the 700-member pro-casino group that supports casino gambling in Fishtown - mentions the community benefits agreement that FACT negotiated with SugarHouse casino.  Part of the agreement stipulates that a special-services district be created by FACT to dole out the $1.5 million annual contribution SugarHouse would make to the communoity. 

I've gotten calls and e-mails from readers who have questions about what the community benefits agreement contains and how the newly formed Penn Treaty Special Services District will operate.  I promised to post links to the signed CBA and to the signed document that creates the district.

So, click here and scroll away.

Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
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Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.

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