Signs send restaurant to court



These menu signs at Finback Alehouse on Cottage Street have never been approved by the Design Review Board, Code Enforcement Officer Angela Chamberlain told the Town Council Tuesday. The business has not complied with multiple orders to take them down, and the council voted to commence enforcement action in court. PHOTO COURTESY OF TOWN OF BAR HARBOR

These menu signs at Finback Alehouse on Cottage Street have never been approved by the Design Review Board, Code Enforcement Officer Angela Chamberlain told the Town Council Tuesday. The business has not complied with multiple orders to take them down, and the council voted to commence enforcement action in court.
PHOTO COURTESY OF TOWN OF BAR HARBOR

BAR HARBOR — The town’s attorneys are set to file enforcement action in court against the owners of the Finback Alehouse at 30 Cottage St. for alleged repeated violations involving signs that did not have approval or permits. The Town Council voted unanimously to take that action during a meeting Tuesday.

Town Attorney Lee Bragg reviewed the memo from Code Enforcement Officer Angela Chamberlain to the council detailing four official notices of violation over the last six summer seasons.

“This has been an ongoing violation every summer since 2010,” Chamberlain told councilors. “The ownership of the property has changed recently, but it’s the same business owner that’s had the signs up summer after summer.”

Matt Haskell, as owner of the restaurant, was “occupant of the premises” and received the notices of violation along with the former property owner. In the last few months, Haskell also became the owner of the property, Chamberlain said.

“I had sent him a letter earlier this summer and he had come in a few times and talked about going to the Design Review Board and getting approval for the signs but has so far not done it. So we’re almost to the end of the season again and back in the same boat.”

According to the memo from Chamberlain, an enforcement action would seek “civil penalties, an injunction ordering the defendants to correct or abate the violations and reimbursement of the town’s attorney fees, expert witnesses and costs.” Possible defendants include the property owner or his agent.

“I don’t really have any comment, I’m just going to take them off until they get approved,” Haskell told the Islander Wednesday.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Managing Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Liz Graves is managing editor of the Islander. She's a California native who came to Maine as a schooner sailor.lgraves@mdislander.com
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