LIV Golf organizers hit with fine for failing to get permit at Boston tournament (but event was considered a success)

BOLTON, Mass. — The LIV Golf tournament at The International got good reviews from the Select Board, though the board did hit the tournament director with a fine for not getting a permit for temporary signs.

“Overall, I’m really pleased with how things worked out,” Tournament Director Michael Goggin told the Select Board on Sept. 15. “I know it took a lot of effort from everyone.”

Goggin said that he thanked people “for the support and the patience and understanding.

“It sounds like generally speaking our feedback has been really positive,” Goggin said. “It’s really hard to share the scope and scale of this thing until you’re actually sitting in front of it.”

Goggin noted the tournament got lucky with the weather and had “a great finish. I’m really pleased with how it went,” but he added that “hiccups are inevitable.

“I think we did above my expectations in terms of having some of the hiccups.”

“From my perspective, I didn’t see much of any difference in the town with the influx of spectators,” Select Board Chairman Stan Wysocki said.

“I think the event went off pretty much without a hitch, nothing in the way of incidents. With all the planning done with you folks and other agencies,” Wysocki said. “I think we couldn’t have asked for anything better relative for how the event went.”

“It did take a big part of support locally,” Goggin said, adding, “Apologies for the signage snafu.”

The tournament did not get board approval for the temporary signs, which Wysocki said the board was a stickler about.

“I’ve never witnessed anything like the planning meetings and preparation that went into that tournament,” Town Administrator Don Lowe said.

But, Lowe said that “this board and every board does take the temporary signage very seriously,” noting that the board could issue a fine not to exceed $300.

“I’m totally fine with that,” Goggin said.

“We do have an issue of consistency here,” Wysocki said.

“I don’t think the board wants to create the impression a large event can come into town and it would not be held to the same standards,” Lowe said.

“I don’t want to set a bad precedent, so I’m fine with that,” Goggin said.

Select Board member Bob Czekanski said there was an issue of consistency and moved to levy the fine, which the board approved unanimously.

“I’m assuming we’ll be having this again next year?” Wysocki asked.

“Nothing is set in stone,” Goggin said. “We’re looking at nine events next year but that schedule is still in flux. When we know you’ll know.”

Select Board member Emily Winner asked about money being donated to community organizations.

The release by Par 5, which did not detail the amounts going to each organization and referred to the event as “The Boston Invitational LIV to Give,” listed the following:

• Recipients locally were Bolton Conservation Trust to fund trail maintenance,

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By: Ken Cleveland
Title: LIV Golf organizers hit with fine for failing to get permit at Boston tournament (but event was considered a success)
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Published Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2022 13:00:11 +0000

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