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May 10, 2014

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City cites safety in restrictions on Small Ships

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SHARON — Is the Lube blamed for this bad behavior?

No. Both Andrejchak and Menster said the Lube has properly overseen the event on their private property. The problems of bad behavior have been on public sites.

By what authority was this action taken?

The city’s home rule charter states: “The city manager shall enforce all laws, ordinances and regulations of the city, and preserve order in the city.” He determined the event is a public menace and in order to keep the city safe took the action.

Can city council overrule this action?

As best as anyone knows, yes.

Will they?

Unknown. But it would seem to be a tall order. Andrejchak said he informed council members of the actions he was going to take. He and the chief of police are publicly stating the event poses a threat to public safety. If council overrules the actions and somebody is injured, it could result in a lawsuit against the city.

Wait a minute. WaterFire Sharon drew far more people than the Small Ships Revue. Why isn’t the city taking this same action for WaterFire?

Both Andrejchak and Menster said there wasn’t unruly behavior at WaterFire Sharon’s three events last year. Therefore, such action isn’t needed.

Can the Small Ships Revue still be held?

Yes, but considering the restrictions imposed by the city, it would be limited to the Lube’s private property in Sharon.

Will the Lube do that?

They don’t know yet. The restrictions imposed on them are so severe it would make it difficult if not outright impossible to hold the event. But they’re still mulling it over.

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