Oak Bluffs selectmen deny two taxi driver permits

— File photo by May Deary

On the recommendation of Oak Bluffs police, selectmen revoked taxi driver permits for two people at their Tuesday meeting.

Police asked selectmen to deny a permit to Marinel Muhameti, based on five driving citations issued to him since he acquired his driver’s license in February 2011. All of the citations came while he was on duty. Selectmen were not convinced by the explanations Mr. Muhameti offered in a hearing before selectmen.

“We rely on our police department to guide us,” selectman Mike Santoro told Mr. Muhameti. “I don’t think you see the seriousness of it.”

Selectmen voted 5-0 to deny the license.

Also Tuesday, selectmen revoked the taxi driver license they issued temporarily one month ago, and then permanently two weeks ago, for Curvy Ann Torain. For the second time this year, police asked selectmen to deny the permit, based on her arrest on assault charges, and more recently in a separate incident, on violation of a harassment order, both while on duty.

Selectmen rejected the advice of police in the first incident, pending resolution of the court action. This time they voted 4-1 to revoke the license, with selectman Gail Barmakian casting the dissenting vote.

In other action, selectmen approved an entertainment license for Dreamland, which opens Friday with a full weekend of events at the Oak Bluffs Avenue location on the second floor of the building that houses the Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company.

Clyde Allen appeared before selectmen seeking permission to hold the Harlem Fine Arts Show August 9-12 under a tent at Hooked, a new restaurant at the former Lola’s. Selectmen advised him that zoning laws prohibit tents, or any expansion of the restaurant use. Mr. Allen said he has already made a considerable investment in the event.

“Legally, financially, we would be in big trouble,” Mr. Allen said.

Selectmen offered help in finding another venue.