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Seabreeze lease subject of hearing

Following a closed session meeting Monday night, the Mathews County Board of Supervisors voted to hold a public hearing on a proposed contract to lease the Seabreeze Restaurant on Gwynn’s Island, a county-owned property, to Mac Casale, owner of the White Dog Bistro in downtown Mathews.

The board voted by a 4-1 margin to proceed with the public hearing, with Charles Ingram casting the lone opposition vote. The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, in the historic courthouse on Court Street.

Casale has proposed paying the yearly rent of $8,100 upfront rather than monthly; offering a raw bar, a live crab tank, and $5 breakfasts; possibly adding a bait shop and sandwiches-to-go in the future, as well as investing more than $100,000 to elevate the building to create outdoor dining space underneath.

A second proposal by Gary Ward, who owns Olivia’s on Main in Gloucester, was submitted at the last minute and was incomplete, said Mathews County Administrator Mindy Co...

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