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Top court says Lake Milton winery can stay



Published: Tue, July 12, 2011 @ 1:45 p.m.

COLUMBUS

A tiny Lake Milton winery has won a big victory at the Ohio Supreme Court for itself and for Ohio’s agricultural interests.

The state’s top court unanimously ruled Tuesday that the Myrddin Winery, 3020 Scenic Drive, is exempt from Milton Township zoning regulations.

The effect of the decision is that the winery may remain in its current location in a residential neighborhood off South East River Road along the east shore of Lake Milton.

Saying every Ohio township resident has a legal right to farm, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Mahoning County Farm Bureau declared their support for the winery while the case was pending in the courts.

“The court’s decision clarifies and affirms an important section of state law that limits counties’ and townships’ ability to regulate agriculture through zoning,” said Chad Endsley, director of agricultural law at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

The state legislature has exempted agricultural operations meeting certain criteria from some aspects of local zoning laws because it has recognized that “un-uniform local regulations can be a significant impediment to farming,” he added.

The decision’s primary effect “will be to open doors in the wine-making industry,” said David S. Pennington of Dublin, the lawyer representing Myrddin. “It’s an affirmation of the state legislature’s intent to support the wine industry in Ohio,” he added.


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1Wapiti(139 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Support the wine industry? What about the neighbors adversely affected by this so called "winery?" They have to put up with all the extra traffic, dirt and dust caused by this place. What is Myrddin going to do when one of their drunken customers kills someone in a drunk driving collision? Will they help the family of those killed or will they just crawl back under their rock?

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2wineisgood(6 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I just read all 83 of your previous comments. You dislike fireworks, Muslims, Mexicans, Republicans, PETA, Right-to-Lifers, our Governor, Austintown schools, the Youngstown and Boardman police, the ACLU, guns in bars, strip clubs, the pay of pro athletes, and Black History Month, among others. No one is surprised you don't like the winery.

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3JJacobs(4 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Mr. Fenton, your rights have been considered, and in fact, you've proven your ability to sway others into being "beyond" the law in your little crusade. I find it ironic that your name is on the publicly available Sunday liquor license petition for Myrrdin Winery. You have right to be a bigot, racist, or any other hobby you choose. However, you have no right to wipe your hind quarters with the law, as written by your own peers and predecessors. So as you have waived hot middle finger at myself and my 6 year old daughter as we passed by, this is your own state waiving theirs at you.

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4Wapiti(139 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

whineisgood, if you don't like my posts, don't read them. Maybe YOU like illegal's wasting your tax dollars, that's fine with me. I don't want to pay one dime for these people. As for republicans, well, just look at the state of this nation. Republicans put us in this downward spiral and the person in office now has helped keep us here.
About the right to lifers...how many of those unwanted babies have they helped? I'd chance to say NONE yet they want to stick their noses in someone else's business and make decisions for them. As if deciding on an abortion isn't difficult enough, not to mention living with the decision.
peta, anyone with half a living brain cell would post against them. For a so called animal rights group, they do NOTHING to help any animals. They take in well over 50 MILLION DONATED dollars a year yet not one thin dime is spent to help animals. But they send millions to home grown terrorists. Yet, Ingrid Newkirk and her husband Neil Barnard live well, thanks to peta. Not only are they paid by the organization, the same organization pays every single bill that comes into their home. peta even paid for a dog to be flown to England, in a FIRST CLASS SEAT. Do some research on this group and maybe you'll understand.
The governor of Ohio, again, anyone with half a living brain cell would see he's not doing a good job. He hires 10 people as replacements, and raises their salaries by 75%. Yet wants to take away a right of teachers, police and firemen to name a few. I wouldn't be surprised if you support him.
Austintown schools, if you lived here you would know what I'm talking about. The taxes were raised for Atown schools, yet the money didn't go for books or school related items, it went for a "weight center." Now, not only can Atown residence pay for this center, they also have to pay AGAIN TO USE IT. That's just the tip of things here.
Youngstown Police and Boardman police, well, if you don't know, then you aren't as up on things as you think you are. Guns in bars, hmmm as a registered conceal carry permit holder, there are still places guns shouldn't be. A bar is one of them. I've never seen where firearms and alcohol made a good mix. Strip clubs, don't belong anywhere. You're going to tell me today's athletes aren't overpaid? LMAO You probably work extremely hard for your money but do you make 4 or 5 million a year? Now, black history month. If that isn't a joke. Why does one race need a whole month to tell everyone how great they are? Where is the month for the Irish? The Hungarian? The Spanish? The Japanese? How about just one day for the American Indian? If you can't do it for all, than don't do it for any.
As I said before, if you don't like my posts, don't read them. No one cares what you think. I just thought I'd try to give you a little reason behind the posts. I know I've wasted my time.

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5wineisgood(6 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for verifying your intolerance about so many things. If you don't care what I think - please don't respond.

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6ronnoc(4 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

@Wapiti "What is Myrddin going to do when one of their drunken customers kills someone in a drunk driving collision? Will they help the family of those killed or will they just crawl back under their rock?"

According to http://www.catchwine.com/wineries/ohio/ there are quite a lot of wineries in Ohio. These are jobs created. I'm sure the owners sleep soundly at night without worry about dust and traffic and people driving. Do you feel the same way about any place that serves adult beverages?

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