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Long Beach : Despite Protests, Restaurant Gets OK for Music, Liquor

October 29, 1992

A restaurant bordering the Long Beach Marina received city permission Tuesday to provide alcohol and dance music for its diners, despite objections by people who live aboard their boats in the marina.

Moose McGillycuddy's , which will open early next month and put 170 new employees to work, has insulated its walls and will have patio doors that automatically close so that music inside will not be easily heard in the marina, said owner Lee DeShong. McGillycuddy's will also provide 60 extra parking spaces, he said.

But the people living on the water said the restaurant's entertainment will draw drunken loiterers to the area and increase crime and littering in a marina that lacks its own security guards. And the noise will be unwelcome, they told the City Council.

"Sound carries over water like you wouldn't believe," said Mike Lesner, a screenwriter who lives and works aboard his 92-foot boat docked within 100 feet of the restaurant.

City officials said the restaurant was well planned and would bring business to the area.

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