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Mathews board revisits Hole in the Wall issue

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors, meeting last Thursday, once again visited the issue of the Hole in the Wall Waterfront Grill on Gwynn’s Island.

County attorney Andrea Erard announced that she had come to an agreement with the restaurant’s attorney, Tommy Norment, to set a new date for a hearing on the board of supervisors’ challenge to the Mathews Board of Zoning Appeals’ July 2023 decision in favor of Hole in the Wall. The matter was scheduled to be heard in Gloucester Circuit Court this Friday, Feb. 23. A motion to proceed with the Feb. 23 hearing failed to pass on a 2–2 vote, with Supervisor Tim Doss abstaining.

In the July 2023 action, the restaurant appealed an administrative decision made by county planning and zoning director James Knighton that cited the restaurant for alleged violations of the zoning ordinance having to do with an addition to the building and expansion of a permitted deck. The BZA voted 4–1 in the restaurant’s favor, attributing the vote to the...

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