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Gloucester inn closes, leaving couples seeking new wedding venues

The Ocean View Inn in Gloucester has abruptly closed down, but a new owner may be in the wings.
The Ocean View Inn in Gloucester has abruptly closed down, but a new owner may be in the wings.John Blanding/Globe Staff

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Stunned by the abrupt closing of the Ocean View Inn in Gloucester, couples are chasing after the longtime owner who, they said, took tens of thousands of dollars in deposits for upcoming wedding receptions and refused to refund the money.

The attorney general’s office is investigating at least 11 consumer complaints from couples who lost deposits for weddings at Ocean View, but it’s not clear whether the inquiry will lead to criminal charges against the owner. The state agency is attempting to mediate the complaints, a spokesperson said, and wants other individuals affected by Ocean View’s abrupt closure to come forward.

Meanwhile, a settlement has been brokered that might see the inn’s reopening.

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