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County orders restaurant to make $300,000+ in repairs

Mathews County is bringing the weight of government to bear on the Hole in the Wall Waterfront Grill on Gwynn’s Island, requiring the owners to make $307,692 worth of repairs to the structure or risk having their business boarded up or demolished.

In addition, the business is being required to either demolish additions made without apparent permits or appeal the zoning violations to the Board of Zoning Appeals. The restaurant building is owned by Mathews County and leased by Gwynn’s Island resident Mac Casale and Mathews resident Dean Tsamouras.

Casale said he plans to seek an injunction to put a stop to further action and that he may have no other choice than to file suit against the county.

Mathews County Administrator Ramona Wilson sent a letter to Hole in the Wall on Jan. 24 charging that the tenants had not invested as much money in the property as they had agreed to invest according to their November 2016 lease agreement, and that an onsite inspection by The Structures ...

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