MARION — A public listening to to grant The Mary Celeste Whiskey and Wine Library an leisure license was continued, after feedback from neighboring residents.
Proprietor Mike Achilles got here earlier than the Choose Board on June 22, asking to have the ability to host dwell leisure till 9 p.m.
“We wish to play mild jazz music in and out,” Achilles mentioned. “Nothing just like the Marion Live performance Band.”
He mentioned he would doubtless host “one occasion max per week,” however added that “we’d like our license to not be restricted by that.”
Achilles didn’t specify precisely which days of the week he’d like to have the ability to supply leisure, however indicated he’d like flexibility to keep away from conflicting with different occasions on the town.
Achilles added that he already employs a noise monitoring machine on the lounge, and would proceed to take action for any dwell leisure. He added that He hasn’t acquired any noise complaints from residents or the city since opening late final yr.
“Our hope is [the noise] doesn’t go outdoors that patio,” he mentioned. He later famous that the noise can be directed towards the road, not neighbors’ houses.
He additionally advocated for equity concerning the leisure license, citing Kate’s Easy Eats’ license of the same nature. There, dwell leisure is allowed till 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and till 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
However Achilles’ guarantees weren’t sufficient for some residents.
From complaints about parking to the hazard heightened visitors might pose to neighborhood youngsters, some residents had been skeptical of, and others outright against, leisure on the institution.
“I feel we’re opening up a can of worms right here,” Margie Baldwin mentioned. “This can be a entire different degree of your corporation.”
One resident, representing the condos throughout the road from The Mary Celeste, mentioned leisure was a non-starter.
“It’s out of the query so far as we’re involved,” he mentioned.
Different residents fearful that parking on the institution would enhance on an already busy avenue, and that kids on bikes and skateboards might be in peril if there have been to be elevated visitors.
However Achilles mentioned visitors and parking shouldn’t be any extra of a difficulty than they already are, as he mentioned the Mary Celeste has been at capability pretty regularly on the weekends.
Choose Board member John Waterman instructed that the board approve a license on a provisional foundation. Achilles mentioned he had no drawback with that, however famous that the leisure license at Kate’s was not given provisionally.