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Municipalities — tavern licenses — renewal

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//October 21, 2014//

Municipalities — tavern licenses — renewal

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//October 21, 2014//

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Wisconsin Court of Appeals

Civil

Municipalities — tavern licenses — renewal

Jonathan Racine appeals an order affirming the Town of Conover’s decision to renew a liquor license issued to James and Anne Tilt, owners of the Sundown Tavern. Racine argues the Town erred by renewing the Tilts’ license because the Tilts failed to show that they actively used the license for 13 consecutive weeks during the previous licensure period, as required by a Town ordinance. In response, the Town and the Tilts argue the evidence supports the Town’s finding of 13 weeks of active use. They also argue Racine’s appeal is moot because the license at issue has expired.

We conclude Racine’s appeal is not moot. We therefore review his arguments on the merits. Given our deferential standard of review, we conclude the Town properly renewed the Tilts’ liquor license. Accordingly, we affirm. This opinion will not be published.

2014AP957 Racine v. Town of Conover

Dist III, Vilas County, Nielsen III, J., Per Curiam

Attorneys: For Appellant: Kost, Keith K., Rhinelander; Strutz, Sven W., Rhinelander; For Respondent: Garbowicz, Steven C., Eagle River; Cirilli, John M., Rhinelander

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