Ballard’s gets stay of suspension from DBR

The Town of New Shoreham’s show cause hearing for Ballard’s Beach Resorts may have been all for naught.The six-hour hearing on Monday, August 22, resulted in the Town Council, acting in its capacity as the Board of License Commissioners, unanimously approving a two-week liquor and outdoor entertainment license suspension that was to start immediately.But, on the following day, Ballard’s appealed to the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, asking for an emergency hearing and a stay of execution of the town’s liquor license suspension. That request was granted, although DBR did not rule on the stay until Wednesday afternoon, granting Ballard’s the stay until such timeas a full hearing could be held.Almost immediately, Ballard’s issued the following statement:“Ballard’s formally filed an appeal yesterday with the R.I. Department of Business Regulation (DBR) regarding the New Shoreham Board of License Commissioner’s unfair decision to suspend our liquorlicense. This afternoon, the DBR stayed the suspension until a full hearing on the merits, allowing Ballard’s to reopen immediately with a full food and bar menu. We take pride in being a longtime member of the Block Island community, and the safety of both our guests and neighbors is paramount. We will continue

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