Don’t want to drive or walk to the $2.5 billion Encore Boston Harbor resort casino? No problem. Wynn Resorts has commissioned Charlestown’s Boston BoatWorks to build three, yacht-ferries to carry casino patrons from Boston’s Seaport to the resort in Everett. The cost of the vessels? $1 million apiece.
It’s just the latest expenditure as the company seems to have increasing confidence the state gaming commission will decide it is still “suitable” to hold a state casino license.
Much has been made of the potential traffic that will result when the Encore Boston Harbor resort and casino next year. A pedestrian bridge is planned over the Mystic River, connecting Somerville’s Assembly Square to the casino in Everett. Major on-site construction is slowing traffic to a crawl on lower Broadway in front of the project.
To link Boston’s Seaport District to the resort, Wynn is having the yacht-ferries built. They will be designed to transport 40 patrons at a time—in luxury, of course—from the Seaport to the Encore development.
Wynn officials tell the Boston Globe that the ferries will also be open to non-patrons of the casino as well. People wanting to get from Everett to the Seaport could also use the ferries. The service will run every day, year-round. No fee schedule has been announced yet.
Spending $3 million on fancy ferries is yet another indication that Wynn officials feel confident the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will decide that Wynn Resorts—minus founder Steve Wynn—is still “suitable” to hold the license. The commission is engaged in an investigation to determine if top executives or board members were aware of alleged sexual misconduct by Steve Wynn, including a $7.5 million settlement years ago to a former manicurist to settle a complaint. Steve Wynn denies all allegations against him.
Encore Boston Harbor is scheduled to open in about a year.