Aquinnah, MA, more commonly known as the Martha's Vineyard community of Gay Head despite its 1998 name change, has been known for more than a century as a tourist haven that allows no alcoholic beverages to be sold.
That should change now that Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a home rule petition submitted by town selectmen to grant beer and wine licenses to restaurants that seat 15 or more people. Unless a whole lot of people change their minds.
A 132-79 vote at the town meeting held in May supported the plan, and it then was passed by the state legislature. Now, a second vote is required to put the new law into effect.
Only two establishments, the Outermost Inn and the Aquinnah Restaurant, are large enough to quality for the exemption.
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