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Letter from Douglas Johson regarding liquor license application

Letter from Douglas Johson regarding liquor license application

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JOHNSON GOLF MANAGEMENT, INC.
P.O. Box 126Weston, MA.02493Board of SelectmanTown Hall 878 Tremont St.Duxbury, Ma. 02332Dear Board Members:As you know we have applied to the town so that our liquor license will include the entire premises. In 2008, Massachusetts Legislature passed under G.L. Chapter 138 §12, anamendment. Chapter 300 of the Acts of 2008 holds that “a local licensing authority maygrant a license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages or a license for the sale of wines andmalt beverages, at any location on the grounds of a golf course as it deems responsibleand proper.” Furthermore, the ABCC has guidelines for this license extension in whichmany have been granted in the state.After hearing negative comments at the meeting last month as well as reading thecomments in the local newspaper, I am troubled that this issue again has turned into a political struggle based on our litigation with the town. The facts are and remain:1)In fourteen years of operating a liquor license at North Hill there have been zeroincidents.2)JGM has been nothing short of professional, responsible and responsive in everyaspect of the operation at North Hill including our liquor license.3)JGM has held as many as 5 liquor licenses at the same time and again there has been no trouble. Now it is an issue. Why? Back in the days when North Hill was a bar room with a golf course where was the outcry? Before our time in 1994 the capital improvement at NorthHill at the town’s expense was to buy a new beer cooler. The golf course was in disrepair, but the most important issue was a new beer cooler. The town has never bought any pieceof equipment in our years; anything that was spent went into the golf course.The fact is that golfers from Duxbury (including members of the NHAC) as well as out of town golfers have in the past brought alcohol onto the property. This continues to thisday. It is a “cat and mouse” game and becomes a policing action that we (the operator)can’t win at. If we throw them off the course we are considered jerks and they’re notcoming back. It’s a reality.Granting us an extended liquor license would improve the policing of drinking on thegolf course. We would have a tip certified person serving and the serving is limited under 

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