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Court Agrees To Deny Weddings At Portsmouth Vineyard

A Superior Court judge has agreed to not allow weddings at one vineyard due to the town's zoning code.

If you planned on toasting your newly-made nuptials at one Portsmouth vineyard, you should start searching for a new venue. 

A Newport Superior Court judge recently ruled in favor of the local zoning board's decision, reports The Sakonnet Times. The judge agreed with the zoning board to not allow Greenvale Vineyards permission to host weddings and other ceremonies on the Portsmouth property. 

The Portsmouth Zoning Board previously ruled the request to host weddings was not one of the allowed uses under the town's "special use permit." 

What do you think about the judge's decision? Should Greenvale Vineyards be allowed to host weddings and other receptions? 

Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below! 

Joe Bremen September 21, 2012 at 03:08 PM
What a shame for businesses to suffer over such a petty zoning board.
Paul Silver September 21, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Sad...
Portsmouth for 43 years and counting September 21, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Yes, because afterall, it might cut into the profits Portsmouth makes, from the rental of Glen Manor House. Give me a break. Greenvale is private property, a beautiful setting and they certainly have the room. What's the harm? Is it the neighbors? If so, work out a no later than 9:00pm schedule, so there's no excessive late noise OR how about only acoustic music? We need to accommodate local businesses to thrive, so we can rake in their tax money! C'mon Portsmouth!
Mark D September 21, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Portsmouth hates business get use to it. Plain and simple.
Island Porkrunner September 21, 2012 at 03:21 PM
why is this a zoning question? you should be able to get married wherever you want. Motel 6, the Beach, the Beachhouse, Escobar Corn Maze.... what am I missing?
Paul Silver September 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM
This was a court ruling remember... we could change the zoning laws...
Jim L September 21, 2012 at 03:28 PM
It's was to hold wedding recieptions Island not just the deed
Robert E September 21, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I can have a wedding recieption in the middle of my back yard in a residential neighborhood if I want why is this a big deal.
John September 22, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Greenvale is such a beautiful venue, so many couples will be saddened by the news. Hopefully some folks can get together and fight this. Competition from Glen Manor is what I suspect; not fair!!!
OldTownie September 22, 2012 at 03:58 AM
You would be wrong about that. This was a zoning issue. The neighbors made a complaint and the zoning board followed the laws.
OldTownie September 22, 2012 at 03:58 AM
They tried for a varience and lost, that is why this was in court.
Stanley Farak September 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Methinks you hit the nail on the head

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