Matthew Baldassari sees a casino on Route 1 in Foxborough as drawing bad things to Sharon, where he has resided since the mid-1980s.
"You're going to see traffic and you're going to see crime go up" in Sharon, Baldassari said Monday.
Although Wynn Resorts' proposed casino site is in Foxborough, residents of neighboring communities are joining the fight against it, says Chris Lowery, No Foxboro Casino's volunteer coordinator. Foxborough residents are driving this volunteer effort.
"This is a regional issue. It will affect the whole area," Lowery says.
In Sharon, Baldassari said he has signed No Foxboro Casino's online petition asking businessman Robert Kraft to withdraw his proposal to lease land on Route 1 in Foxborough to Wynn Resorts Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn for development of a casino.
Baldassari said he saw No Foxboro Casino's signs in the area, found the group's Facebook page, and then found its website.
Although Sharon is a few miles away from the proposed casino site, "people will cut through North Main Street and South Main Street" if Wynn builds the complex, Baldassari said.
"I don't think it's a big necessity in this area," he said of the casino.
"I think it's going to be a big burden on this area."