Pursuant to an order issued by the Superior Court of Rhode Island on Friday, August 26, Shoreham Inc. doing business as Ballard’s Inn received an “emergency stay motion” regarding the suspension of its entertainment license.
But the stay comes with important conditions. Ballard’s has been ordered to have no live music, and they cannot do paid advertising for music that will be held at the resort for the remainder of the season. Additionally, they must have “at least four security guards on weekdays and seven security guards on weekends, all of whom must wear identifiable ‘security clothing’…”
The case was brought before a “single judge of this Court, sitting as a judge on duty, on the petitioner’s “urgent motion for a stay” and will be considered by a “full court” on September 8.
Earlier in the week, the Department of Business Regulation granted Ballard’s a reprieve from the suspension of its liquor license. In the decision, it is stated that “the testimony confirms that the crowds came for the music”. (In other words, the ruling finds that it was the free Reggae Fest, not the booze, that drew the crowds to Ballard’s on August 8.) The Department of Business Regulation has no licensing authority. Entertainment.