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Supervisors go against public objections to approve lease

Gwynn’s Islanders turned out en masse at Tuesday night’s Mathews County Board of Supervisors meeting to express their anger at the board’s decision to issue a request for proposals for the county-owned Seabreeze Restaurant, a favorite gathering place for the island community.

Following the public hearing, supervisors voted by a 4-1 margin to approve a motion to continue using the Seabreeze as a restaurant, directing the county administrator and county attorney to enter into a contract with Mac Casale, the lone complete bidder, to operate the restaurant.

A restless standing-room-only crowd packed the small historic courthouse and spilled outside, but a request to change the venue to Thomas Hunter Middle School was turned down by the board. County Administrator Mindy Conner later explained that the recording equipment used to keep a record of the meetings is operable only in the courthouse.

The RFP was issued after the current leaseholder, Garry Galluzzi of New Jerse...

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