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Liquor Board Orders Seafood Festival to Shell Out $3K for Violations

Harford County’s chief inspector found multiple violations at the festival in Havre de Grace.

Citing numerous violations, the Harford County Liquor Control Board fined the Havre de Grace Seafood Festival $3,000 this week, ExploreHarford.com reported.

The Seafood Festival failed to keep alcohol within the area where it had been licensed to permit it, Kathryn Thess, administrator for the Harford County Liquor Control Board, told Patch. Thess said the violations occurred Aug. 11 and 12.

At the liquor board's Oct. 17 meeting, the chief inspector for the Harford County Liquor Control Board said that fencing and volunteers did not effectively contain alcohol consumption to designated areas at the summer festival in Havre de Grace, ExploreHarford.com reported, and at least one person brought alcohol into the festival from a vehicle.

Lori Maslin, liquor licensee for the event, said the chief inspector approached her directly after the 2009 festival about concerns and she was "suprised" she was summoned to come before the liquor board, according to ExploreHarford.com.

"We have operated the Seafood Festival for more than 26 years with no issues with the liquor board," Maslin told Havre de Grace Patch. "In 2009 there was a minor problem at which time the inspector found me on the grounds, and the issue was immediately addressed and corrected. No violation was ever issued as the matter was immediately resolved....had the inspector sought me out at the time of the observed violation, I would have been able to immediately address and correct the problem."

The chief inspector for the liquor board said that the festival has gotten "too big" to not have security, ExploreHarford.com reported.

"To maximize the funds available for donations, we have operated the festival for 26 years with no paid employees," Maslin told Patch.

"Each year we look at the festival operations to determine how we can improve the event," said Maslin, who is the festival coordinator. "We are already working with the liquor board in making changes to ensure that no future problem occurs."

In fact, festival organizers must present the liquor board with a security plan before obtaining approval for future events, according to Thess.

"We treat our obligation in serving alcohol as a partnership with the liquor board and seek to work with them to operate properly at all times," Maslin said.

As for the $3,000 fine, it "will be paid immediately upon official notification to us by the liquor board," Maslin said, but there will be other consequences.

Each year, the festival, which operates as a nonprofit, donates its proceeds to charity. This past summer, the Seafood Festival donated a sign to the city of Havre de Grace that had an estimated value upwards of $10,000.

Said Maslin: "The $3,000 fine means that $3,000 less will be donated to the non-profit organizations with whom we work and support."

The next Seafood Festival is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 9, to Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.

Brian October 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Am I missing something here? Was there any instances of alcohol related problems during this event? The violations seem very petty to me. As far as security, I recall seeing several HdG officers at the event. I take my kids every year and I buy beer to drink while at the event. I believe that the liquor board could've done more to communicate the problems they witnessed to someone who could've taken care of them immediately as was done before. Something just doesn't sound right with this. It seems to me there is more to it.
Hollee Sifford October 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I am going to be polite and respectful of the city of hvreDeGrace for which i have MUCH respect...and hold my opinions...I will say this..I WILL never attend this nfestival!!!!
Katie October 19, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Some dizzy chick tried to make the seafood fest better and that bothers you *that much*? you probably didn't even see her. you're acting like you had the worst experience ever at the fest or like she punched your kid in the face. Are you scared for life when you go to first friday and there are people in bars having fun? Because I know alcohol has been in First Fridays and Graw days and, man, I just can't even BEGIN how many insane, wild and out of control adults I saw. >HDG tries to do something nice >one chick ruins it because this state is dumb >3K FINE. What. Oh, Maryland. Lady put it in a sippy cup next time or somethin'
RickyBobby October 19, 2012 at 02:08 PM
The wise Katie once again rears her head. Harford County Liquor Board, are your ears on? Katie has witnessed multiple serious liquor law violations at Graw Days and First Fridays. Katie, the citizens thank you for alerting the authorities to the wild, out of control adults at our events. Now the Liquor Board inspectors will never miss another Havre de Grace event. Maybe instead of Debbie Downer, you should change your nickname to Katie Tattletale.
Jessica October 19, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Lori Maslin needs to be a responsible "festival coordinator" . . . I feel they should have a security plan. I would imagine things are not the same as they were 26 years ago when they started out so they need to be mindful of the times. Also Im pretty sure we all know where to go if we want some yummy local seafood, so I kind of think the Seafood Fest is a waste of time and money . . .
RickyBobby October 19, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Hollee, I'll say it. Good job to the Liquor Board for having the guts to stand up to the Maslins instead of licking their boots like HdG govt. and Main St. does. It is more than the seafood festival. First Fridays and Graw Days too. Every year they put the children's area right in front of the Maslin's house. It is like giving the parents of this city the finger and saying We can do whatever we want.
T. Fowler October 19, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I'm more interested in how Lori Maslin will pay the fine. In the article she says this "means that $3,000 less will be donated to the non-profit organizations with whom we work and support." If the Seafood Festival is a non-profit and it raises money for these other non-profits, than its possible that Maslin can't simply take this money from the general fund of the Seafood Festival to pay the fine. Were these donations unrestricted, temporarily restricted or permanently restricted? Donors have a right to know how and where their donations are going. That's the law. Mismanagement of the event shouldn't punish the donor's dollars.
Katie October 19, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Whut. I liked debbie downer better, the name is getting too long now~
RickyBobby October 19, 2012 at 07:05 PM
According to the websites that report on non-profits, The Havre de Grace Seafood Festival has yet to file an IRS Form 990, required of all non-profits. No one has been able to get a straight answer about which organizations benefit from the seafood festival. The only one who claims to have gotten a share is a half-way house in Elkton that was once Mr.Maslin's home-away-from-home. Sure wish the state would look into the festival books.
Jessica October 19, 2012 at 07:22 PM
RickyBobby! you are RIGHT ON with that one! Who wouldn't want to set up the kids area in front of the Maslin house & send their children off to the "Snowball Experience" give me a break ppl! Dont get me wrong there are plenty of other sex-offenders and drug addicts running the streets we should be watching out for also . . .
Lisa Buonaugurio October 20, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I agree with Hollee ..completely.
Sara-Jayne Walker October 20, 2012 at 02:20 AM
It was my understanding that the Maslins "purchased" the name from the city, I believe they have it copywrited. As far as the "donations", who do they report to? Why would the Haven House in Elkton be receiving money from Havre de Grace Seafood Festival, when there are halfway houses operating in Havre de Grace! What is the amount of "non-profit" donations actually being donated in this city and to which? Maybe I will contact the IRS and have them investigated and see how much of their statements on their website are true!
Tom Phelan October 20, 2012 at 02:52 AM
$3K in fines will come from the donations. Don't expect them to feel the pain that most businesses feel. It might cut into the ability to roar around town (And if you've ever seen Chuck drive through town I do mean roar) in their 2 Mercedes Benz' or the Seafood clown car. Wake up people of Havre de Grace! These 2 reap the benefits of the free use of Tydings Park while diclosing their finances to no one - and get an award from the city while doing so! The Snowball Experience (God knows how the state allowed THAT to happen) and the Laughing Crab can only be sustained if people support them. Do you support them? Do your friends? Do they know the background of the owners? Think about it. Where do you stand?
Scott October 20, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, bottom line no one is ever going to agree with each other, that's life. When it came to the festival, the event was a success in the eyes of my friends and family. Despite minor complications with the liquor board, I'm sure the matter will be discussed, and a plan will be implemented so no further problems will occur. As a resident and tax payer in Havre de Grace, any event or festival should be encouraged. I am looking forward to next years festival.
Debbie Livingston October 21, 2012 at 02:22 AM
RickyBobby.....Nice. Glad to know that someone is picking up on this. Amazing that there is no paper trail to where the money goes. Seafood Fest in Havre de Grace. Local police used for security and traffic control. City advertises and half-way house in Elkton benefits??? What am I missing?? Elkton gets the money and Havre de Grace gets the pedophile!!! Woo Hoo!! What a deal. Wake up HDG!
LC October 22, 2012 at 04:50 AM
The Seafood Festival is a great event that brought a great many out of town visitors to Havre de Grace. The event has become one of the premier events of the summer tourist season. This year there were some minor violations involving the County Liquor Laws. I am certain the problems will be addressed. This can not diminish the positive impact the Festival has had on the City over the past 32 years. The Havre de Grace Seafood Festival was the largest contributer to building the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. The Maslins have donated tens of thousands of dollars to other Havre de Grace non-profit organizations. They are among the many in this town that quietly make the donations that keep the organizations viable. Rather than complain about their contributions, step forward and match their donations and contributions for the good of the City.
Hollee Sifford October 22, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Tom,I DO NOT SUPPORT those people or their businesses and I am sure you know that:)As far as the rest of the city community like Tom said...WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!I am pleased that this article is shedding light on their questionable tax filings and the where abouts of the donation money....SERIOUSLY donating to a Half way house in ELKTON...That is concerning!!!!!!HavreDeGrace could use the donations to the HALF WAY HOUSES in our community let Elkton take care of itself....OR better yet MAYBE Mr. and MRS. "M" can move their behinds across the river and then they can support all they want...hmmmmm
Robyn Lynch October 23, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Well said Hollee - I agree with you 100%. I refuse to support anything that the Maslin's have a hand in. Also, as far as the Maslin's donating tens of thousands of dollars to other Havre de Grace non-profit organizations I truly find that hard to believe. This is just my opinion but I am not a "Maslin Fan" and I feel that I have the right, as others on here, to voice my opinion. I have lived in HdeG all my life so I have know Mr. Maslin for many years and in my opinion he has always been sneaky and deceitful.
Truth n Reason October 24, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I find it sad that posts are being deleted because they contain the RAW TRUTH. Mr. Maslin is a convicted pedophile who, at 23 years old used drugs and alochol to have sex with a 9 year old. It's public information from his trial...just google Charles A. Maslin through the Harford County Sheriff's Office. He, or his organization, should not be supported by ANYONE, especially our fine City.
Tom Phelan October 25, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Glad to see that the posts that were previously deleted have been returned. There are truthful statements on here that should not be censored if this is truly an open forum.

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