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July 25, 2013

Vacancies, expired terms hobble boards

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Nevertheless, Sal Tabit, a lawyer who represents several bars and restaurants in Lawrence, said the risks can be high when a city neglects its boards and commissions.

“People do have a right to be heard on these things,” Tabit said when the Licensing Board was able to hear a request for a liquor license by a restaurant he represents only after Lantigua made an emergency appointment — which was later deemed illegal — hours before the board’s Sept. 26, 2012, meeting. “It’s entirely speculative at this point, but I can see a situation where, if you have a person or a business that goes months without the ability to be heard and they can prove it affected their businesses negatively, I can see (suing for) damages, sure.”

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