After reviewing the license, Portland attorney Tim Zerillo said Thursday the provisional license was “extremely liquid.”
“This is extremely unfortunate for the provisional license holder because it gives her no security,” he said.
Zerillo told the Kennebec Journal in early January that the city should have waited for an appeal from Wilson before awarding the second license, instead of immediately awarding it to Lewis. He echoed the same sentiment on Thursday.
“Essentially, it gives Mr. Wilson the ability to fight on for this license,” Zerillo said. “This is the very reason why I did not understand the (city) awarding a provisional license, to begin with.
“It seems to me that the (city) should have held off on issuing the provisional license until Mr. Wilson's rights had expired,” he added. “Now, they are in a pickle if their decision is reversed as to Mr. Wilson because Ms. Lewis will undoubtedly have expended a great deal of effort, energy, and resources into her own business.”