Byline: Beth Quimby
Jul. 23--A proposed casino resort in Sanford could have an advantage over similar facilities that don't offer gambling, according to people in the convention, performing arts and hotel industries.
"It could pose serious competition," said Barbara Whitten, president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Portland.
Whitten and others were responding to a plan delivered to Sanford officials Monday by developers for the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Tribes. The tribes want to build a casino resort in south Sanford.
The plan provided new details about the proposed project. Plans call for a three-acre casino building, a hotel with 875 guest rooms, a 60,000-square-foot convention center and a 30,000-square-foot performing arts theater with 2,000 seats, as well as retail shops, eight restaurants and an 18-hole golf course.
The convention center, with exhibition and meeting space, and six-story hotel, would be the …