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Vote On National Harbor Casino Delayed Until Next Monday

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The $925 million casino needs the approval of the council before construction can begin.
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The $925 million casino needs the approval of the council before construction can begin.

The Prince George's County Council is delaying a decision on whether to bring an MGM casino to National Harbor.

The $925 million casino needs the approval of the council before construction can begin. Supporters hope the 23-acre casino will turn into an economic bonanza for the county.

The project was approved by the county planning board back in May, but concerns about exterior lighting and large video displays prompted a hearing at the council today.

County resident William Nuckols appealed the planning board's decision. At today's hearing he urged council members to carefully consider the plan before bringing it to a vote.

"Even if you tone down the amount of allowable signage and tone down the light levels or even consider eliminating video boards, the property will still be highly successful," Nuckols said.

With three council members absent from today's hearing, Council Chair Mel Franklin said members would take the matter under advisement and move the vote to next Monday.

If the council approves the plan, construction on the casino will most likely begin in a few weeks.

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