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No Decision Made on Lewes Ferry Variance


LEWES, Del. - No decision was made after a public hearing with the Alcohol Beverage Commission in regards to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry seeking a variance to its liquor license.

The meeting lasted more than three and a half hours and was very crowded.

Currently, the ferry can serve liquor at the On the Rocks Bar and Grill on the terminal patio, but not have live entertainment.

For the past ten years, the terminal has hosted summer weeknight concerts. This past August, ferry directors said they got their first official noise complaint, which led to the discovery that they were not in compliance with the license.

The complaints came from residents in neighboring community, Port Lewes. Barbara Brownridge Walsh is the president of the Port Lewes Council and attended the public hearing in protest with a large group of other residents.

"I heard the music, it was new really to most of our consciousness this past summer and it was loud, it was so loud that we could have sung along if only we knew the words," she said. "We're here at the hearing to protest, hopefully have the quiet resume this summer and not to have live outdoor music."

Director of Ferry Operations Heath Gehrke said he believes the reason the noise became an issue this past summer was because of the location of the live music. He said it would be changed this upcoming summer if allowed.

Other nearby residents testified that they enjoy the music and hope to see it again this summer.

Having the outdoor entertainment would bring more than just ferry guests to the terminal to enjoy food, drinks and music.

A ferry police officer also testified saying he would not tolerate rowdiness or intoxication in conjunction with the live entertainment.

The Alcohol Beverage Commissioner said there is a lot of testimony to review and a decision will come as quickly as he can make it.

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