Interesting story from Cape Cod highlighting the benefits of having some assistance from a local politician on liquor licensing issues. State Senator Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton) intervened after Kenny’s Salt Water Taffy owners told him that due to state ABCC back-ups and delays, they were in jeopardy of not obtaining their seasonal liquor license in time for the summer crowds. Pacheco intervened and the license was approved quickly.
Having a lawyer (or politician) in your corner can oftentimes help speed up the cumbersome liquor license application and approval process. Forms must be filled out properly, with all I’s dotted and T’s crossed, all tax issues must be ironed out, the manager of record has to pass muster, and then the ABCC must approve the application after it receives approval from the local municipality. With Massachusetts budget cuts in place, the ABCC’s job is harder than ever; a good, zealous advocate can help make the process smoother.