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Wynn steps down from TRPA

Andy Bourelle

Las Vegas casino executive Steve Wynn attended his final Tahoe Regional Planning Agency meeting as a governing board member Wednesday.

Wynn, the chairman of Mirage Resorts and a former Lake Tahoe property owner, announced his resignation from the TRPA governing board at its regular meeting this week.

Wynn said, with current projects under way by Mirage Resorts, he will be too busy over the next six months to contribute time to TRPA.

“It’s that simple,” he said after leaving the meeting.

Mirage Resorts’ $1.6 billion Bellagio hotel is set to open in Las Vegas in October, and the $600 million Beau Rivage is set to open in Mississippi in February.

“From now until then, I don’t have five seconds to do anything extracurricular,” Wynn said. “If I could go on a leave of absence from now until April, I would. But it’s not allowed under the law, and it’s not fair to the board either if I’m not able to spend adequate time on TRPA issues.”

Wynn said he has learned from and enjoyed his experience on the board.

“I’m going to continue being active in the environment,” Wynn said.

Wynn has filled the Nevada at-large seat on the regional board since January 1995.

The other members of the board thanked Wynn for his participation in TRPA in the past few years, and he was honored with a round of applause as he left.

“I think Mr. Wynn has been a real positive factor on the TRPA board,” said John Upton, governing board member representing El Dorado County.

Upton said some of Wynn’s highlights on the board were his involvement in the two-cycle engine issue, shorezone erosion problems and efforts in getting the Nevada bond issue passed.

“He’s certainly shown great enthusiasm,” Upton said. “I have been honored to to serve with Mr. Wynn. It’s been a favorable, positive experience to sit on the board with him.”

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