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Rockland says no to Brass Compass outdoor liquor request

By Stephen Betts | Aug 13, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Patrons of the Brass Compass restaurant will not be served liquor outside.

Rockland — The Rockland City Council narrowly rejected Monday evening, Aug. 12, a request by the Brass Compass to serve liquor outside on the 10-foot wide strip at Winslow-Holbrook Park that it leases from the city.

The restaurant has had tables and chairs outside on the strip adjacent to its restaurant since 2005.

The Brass Compass pays $1,500 annually to lease the space from May 15 Oct. 31.

Owner Lynn Archer requested at the City Council's Aug. 12 meeting to be able to serve liquor to customers who sit at the outside tables. This would require roping off the area, since there is a state requirement that requires some type of barrier between outdoor liquor sales and the general public.

Councilor Valli Geiger said she was not comfortable with cordoning off any part of the park for this purpose.

Councilor Ed Glaser said the city should not amend the lease in the middle of the summer.

Councilor Amelia Magjik said the strip of the park leased by the Brass Compass lends itself to that use.

The proposal to allow the breakfast-and-lunch restaurant to serve liquor outdoors was rejected 3-2, with Magjik and Mayor Lisa Westkaemper voting to allow the lease to be amended.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Aug 14, 2019 08:21

I think the council needs to go on a road trip.  I have visited many small coastal communities on the East & West coasts.  Was just in Santa Barbara Ca.  a few weeks ago.  Each of these progressive communities have widened their Main avenue sidewalks and you will find numerous outdoor cafe's that are bustling with tourists, eating, drinking and enjoying a glass of wine over pleasant conversation.  In many cases these outdoor areas have wrought iron fencing with beautiful flower boxes and decorative lighting. Have seen this in Quebec City Montreal, all throughout California, Florida, Charlston S.C., Savannah Ga and of course every small town in Europe....but we have no intention of allowing this kind of behavior in Rockland Maine.  Suggest you get back on the Mayflower and go  home to Wuthering Heights.

Posted by: Marilyn J Johnson | Aug 14, 2019 06:16

What a shame!

Posted by: NEVA R JOSEPH | Aug 13, 2019 11:25

Rockland needs to be more helpful to small businesses! Lynn Archer keeps both Brass Compass and Archer’s on the Pier open year round and keeps people employed year round! Shame on you Rockland City Council!

Posted by: claire perry | Aug 13, 2019 09:22

$ 1500 for that space...for the prime tourist season months ?   SERIOUSLY ???

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