Oceanport rejects more helicopter flights to sports betting site

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The Oceanport Borough Council has rejected a proposal to allow more helicopter flights to access Monmouth Park Racetrack – a facility that also has a sports betting operation.

The council voted down the proposal in August.

The CEO of the track's operating company argued that more helicopters could bring in high rollers, creating more revenue that would benefit Oceanport.

Ten flights a year are now allowed to a nearby helipad on state property. But Councilman Robert Proto says the park is on the "honor system."

Residents say they're concerned about noise, pollution and decreased property values.

The council agreed Thursday to pursue an ordinance requiring advanced notification from the park on any flights or risk up to a $500 fine.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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