Naples answers mobile cart question

By Dawn De Busk
Staff Writer

NAPLES — Now, in both Naples and Casco, golf course patrons aiming to get a few eagles can find that distinguished bird on the emblem of a Budweiser bottle thanks to a mobile liquor license.

A Naples businessman — who for the past four years has been granted a mobile liquor license — helped to answer the question that came before Casco’s elected officials last week when Point Sebago Lodge applied for the permit for the first time.

The question: What is a mobile liquor license?

During a liquor-license public hearing before the Naples Board of Selectmen on March 21, Bob Caron Jr., the general manager of Naples Golf and Country Club, defined a mobile liquor license, which he has applied for and received for the past four years. The recreational business is located at 136 Sebago Road.

The liquor license application for a mobile cart is different in appearance than those for an establishment or for a catering service, Caron said.

The operators must take a course on serving alcohol and how to prevent customers from becoming intoxicated. The TIPS certification is a state requirement, and anyone serving alcohol must be certified and follow guidelines, Caron said.

Following that explanation, the board voted, 3-0, to approve the mobile liquor license. Neither Tom Mayberry nor Bob Caron, Sr. was present at the March 21 meeting.

During the public hearing, Naples Town Manager Derik Goodine referred to a Casco Board of Selectmen meeting that happened a week earlier.

On March 15, Casco selectmen approved a couple of liquor licenses, but withheld its vote on a mobile liquor license until they could gather more information about the permit.

Point Sebago Lodge had applied this year for the mobile liquor license for use on its golf course.

Casco Town Manager Dave Morton had commented it was the first time he had seen an application for a mobile liquor license.

At that time, the board voted to table the permit approval until it received an explanation about the special liquor license.

Two weeks later, on March 29, selectmen unanimously approved the mobile liquor license for the longtime Casco-based resort that sits on Sebago Lake waterfront.

After the vote, Point Sebago Lodge representatives exited the meeting room. One gentleman wearing a jacket with the Point Sebago Lodge logo gave a thumb ups and whispered, “5-0,” referring to the unanimous approval of the permit that won’t go unused this summer.

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