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Lake Milton winery appeals ruling to cease operation

Published: Tue, May 11, 2010 @ 7:49 p.m.

COLUMBUS — A Lake Milton winery has appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court a 7th District Court of Appeals ruling that the winery must cease operating in a lakefront residential neighborhood.

In a 2-1 decision in March, the appeals court upheld a ruling by Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court that barred Gayle K. Sperry from operating the Myrddin Winery at 3020 Scenic Drive in Milton Township.

Because its primary activities are processing, bottling and selling wine, and not grape cultivation, the appellate court ruled the winery couldn’t be classified legally as an agricultural enterprise that would be exempt from township-zoning regulations.

The winery, which claims it is entitled to an agricultural exemption from township-zoning regulations, said in its appeal that its dispute with the township-zoning office “raises a substantial constitutional question” and is of significant public interest.


1paulydel(1461 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Yes why not kill another business in this screwed up economy where more people will be out of work.

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2Bigben(1996 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Move the wine shop and quit the whinning .Zoning exemption huh ,I wonder what that could mean?The magic wand is waved and puff a wine store is just like a farm.

If you want to improve the economy lets let Congress coin the money and back it up with a precious metal again instead of letting the private Fed pull their crap along with their controlled Wall Street pals.
Not following the laws as well as deregulation got us into this mess.

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3forum0205(5 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Before you start a business you have a responsibility to research the regulations regarding your business and location. The privilege of living in America with the choices we have come with the responsibility of working within the established laws or fighting to change them before not after the fact. Move you business to where it is legally allowed and be accountable for your lack of research.

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4wineisgood(6 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Before you post comments to articles like this one, you have a responsibility - and an opportunity - to minimize your own ignorance. Go read the decision and discover for yourself that they DID check the laws, and zoning approved the winery, before it ever opened. This argument is about a CHANGE in zoning. Wine store like a farm? Indeed it is - as far as Ohio law is concerned. Go read it. Then comment.

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