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July 30, 2013

Our view: More information needed on Beverly's liquor license push

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How much will the licenses cost? Liquor licenses can sell for as much as $80,000 in Beverly. Scanlon said the city has yet to determine a fee structure.

When will the public get to speak on the matter? Scanlon has called for a special meeting of the City Council on Aug. 5 to consider his plan. The mayor said he has talked to all members of the council and the licensing board individually to pitch his proposal. That’s certainly legal, but it’s also a classic maneuver used to avoid the state’s Open Meeting law, which requires that the people’s business be done openly and transparently and that minutes of meetings are recorded for posterity. That hasn’t happened here yet. It needs to happen going forward.

Adding nine liquor licenses to Beverly’s inventory could be a boon to the city’s economy. It’s up to the city’s leaders to make sure the process is done correctly.

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