FUMO PRAISES NUTTER RIPARIAN RIGHTS DECISION
PHILADELPHIA, January 24,
2008 – State Senator Vince Fumo (D-Philadelphia) today issued the following
statement regarding Mayor Michael Nutter’s decision to revoke a license, issued
by the City of Philadelphia under the previous administration, for use of
riparian lands in the Delaware River to the developers of the proposed
Fumo testified at a City Commerce Department hearing in
November that the city could not grant the license because such authority was
reserved for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which owns the submerged lands.
He also joined with six other legislators on December 26 to appeal the city’s
decision to the state Supreme Court.
“The mayor’s action today is welcome news for Pennsylvania taxpayers, who are
rightful owners the riparian lands, and for everyone who wants to see laws
properly followed as we establish our new casino gambling industry.
“We are heartened that the city found our legal
objections persuasive, and has decided to rescind the Commerce Department’s
“Though it is unclear how today’s action will affect
the fundamental legal issues involved in our appeal, we note that the city has
agreed with our position that the 1907 law has little life and was never
intended to permit construction of casinos on public land.”
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