“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 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.”