“In this case, we had the type of party where you had to buy tickets and the pool became considered public use — that’s a violation,” Blanchard said.
As a result, the Health Department issued a cease-and-desist letter to the Mathieus, ordering them to no longer hold any public or semipublic events at the pool.
The letter also said the couple had the right to a Board of Health hearing within a week of receiving the letter, but Blanchard said the town had not heard from the Mathieus by the deadline.
The town’s police chief noted that while many of Milton’s homes may be used for parties, there is hardly ever liquor being sold.
“The real teeth here is the selling of the liquor. You have to be licensed,” Wells said. “There was clearly planning, coordination, and they were renting it out with the intent to sell liquor illegally.”
In Milton, residents or businesses interested in selling alcohol at a specific event must apply for a one-day liquor license through the Board of Selectmen.
The board reviews the request and most often approves a one- or two-day event, chairman Tom Hurley said. Each year, about a half-dozen licenses are requested, mostly for fund-raisers, he said.
“We don’t get a ton, and when we do, it’s really just for nonprofits and there’s really not many times when people are just having a party and want to sell’’ alcohol, Hurley said.
Since the party, the couple has appeared once in court for a probable cause hearing, and neighbors say the home has remained quiet.
“This was a very unique event,’’ said Cassis. “I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere, especially not in a residential neighborhood,’’ he added.
“This is very different, a once-in-a lifetime event.”
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