ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland City Council overturned the recommendation of its police department Monday and issued a permit for a novelty company to sell its wares during Saturday’s Maine Lobster Festival parade.
The council voted 3-1 to approve the appeal filed by Kevin Skelly of K&S Novelty of Providence, R.I. Councilor William Clayton voted against the appeal and Councilor Larry Pritchett was not at the meeting.
Skelly had been informed July 24 that his license was denied at the recommendation of the police department for infractions that occurred during the 2011 parade.
Chief Bruce Boucher recommended the rejection based on a report from Officer Lloyd Daniels. The officer said he found a person selling for K&S Novelty who was not licensed to do so. The officer brought the salesperson to Skelly and informed the owner that only people listed on the licenses could sell.
The officer said that later he learned that another unauthorized person was using Skelly’s license.
“As a result of the continued resistance of this company to continue to hand out the license to persons not assigned, the officers were forced to spend more time away from the duties of safety on the parade route,” the report from Daniels stated.
At Monday night’s meeting, Kelly apologized for problems last year. He said he has been selling novelties at the Festival parade for 20 years. He explained that there are times when some of the people whose names are on the licenses are unable to come up and other people step in to sell.
Skelly has licenses for six itinerant vendors to sell at the parade. The total cost of the licenses is $450.
City Clerk Stuart Sylvester said Tuesday that the company will have to adhere to the regulations including that the person selling must have a license with his name on it.
Three other companies have received licenses to sell items at the parade.