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Decision expected today on vote to pull outdoor entertainment licenses

UPDATE: The temporary restraining order has been denied, according to First Warden Ken Lacoste. He said there was an indication in court today that a preliminary injunction may be requested by the plaintiffs, which may turn out to be unnecessary as dialogue between the town and business license holders is ongoing. Outdoor entertainment licenses are still on hold for now.
EARLIER: Plaintiffs and defendants alike are waiting the results of a hearing scheduled for this morning on a restraining order filed by four island business owners challenging the recent vote by the Town Council to pull all outdoor entertainment licenses.
The motion was filed in Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 14 and a decision is expected sometime today, Monday, Aug. 17.
The complaint states that there were no efforts at mediation, no efforts at arbitration and no dispute resolution mechanisms offered prior to the council vote last week. Voting for the motion to pull the licenses were Second Warden Andre Boudreau, and Councilors Martha Ball and Sven Risom. Voting against was Ken Lacoste, with Councilor Chris Willi abstaining due to the fact that he holds an entertainment license.
Plaintiffs are Mahogany Shoals, The Spring House, Ballard’s Inn, and

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