SORE was granted party status by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) on May 9 for Benny Marotta’s appeal to that Tribunal.
To recap, Mr. Marotta has appealed the “non-decision” by the last NOTL Council on his convention centre and hotel proposal to LPAT. It is unfortunate that Mr. Marotta never gave the last Council the chance to make a decision, instead appealing to LPAT shortly after unveiling his revised proposal.
SORE has now been awarded party status at all three legal proceedings initiated by Mr. Marotta – before the Conservation Review Board, the Superior Court and now the LPAT. We intend to be there every time Benny Marotta launches a new legal proceeding.
LPAT adjourned its pre-hearing yesterday to allow for a court ruling in a separate case which will provide guidance on LPAT hearing procedures. LPAT had set Monday, July 29, for a continuation of the pre-hearing, but on July 24 Mr. Marotta withdrew the LPAT appeal.
SORE would like to acknowledge and thank the close to 300 community members who attended the LPAT pre-hearing on to support SORE. We are doing this for you and we could not do it without you!
SORE would also like to acknowledge the several members of Council who attended yesterday. Your continued attention to this critical issue is noted and appreciated.