Olney Place closes for season after dealing with zoning issues over summer

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A local business owner near Keuka Lake says he may have to shut down after a long battle with the Town of Barrington’s Zoning Board. 

News 8 first brought you this story in June.
 
Olney Place owner, Seth Olney, says the Town of Barrington’s Zoning Board rescinded permits he previously had that allowed him to have music and seating on the outdoor deck at his business. 
 
Olney feels he tried to comply, but says he was targeted by a zoning officer. Olney then sued him for defamation and the zoning officer was fired from the board. As of Tuesday, however, the officer has been reinstated. 
 
News 8 was not able to confirm with the town whether the firing was related to this case specifically, but the town did say that “a board member called for an executive session and then reinstated him.” 
 
A decision Olney is not happy about. “To continue to operate under the level of stress, and to lose my identity as an ambassador for the for Keuka Lakes but the Finger Lakes as a whole,” he says. “I don’t see what other outs there are for me at this time”
 
Richard Buck with the Town Attorney’s Office responded in an email, in which he says that the Town does want to see Seth succeed, but they want him to abide by the zoning law. 
 
 

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