Edge Marina View facing licence suspension

The Edge Marina View has been served with a notice by the Liquor Board informing the restaurant and bar of its intention to suspend their food and beverage licence.

The hearing for the matter has been scheduled for Thursday. 

The intention to suspend the establishment's licence was confirmed by the Minister for Revenue and Chairman of the Liquor Board, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

The Marina is owned and operated by Darryl and Savili Maiava

The Minister declined to comment on the reasons behind the notice which warned of an “intention to suspend their food and beverage”.

“I can only confirm the notice, but I will not comment on the matter as the hearing on this issue is scheduled on Thursday,"  said Tialavea.

"I will, however talk to you after the hearing."

A Board Member with the Liquor Board told this newspaper that the Marina currently operates on a “food and beverage” license. 

“They cannot operate like a nightclub, but unannounced visits by members of the Board during the Pacific Games week found them [allegedly in] violation of their license,” said the board member, who asked not to be named because of a policy against speaking publicly on ongoing investigations.  

The owners of the Marina, Darryl and Savili Maiava, will fight notice.

Alex Su’a, the lawyer for the owners of the Marina confirmed they have received the notice. 

“Yes, they [the owners] are ready to respond at the hearing,” the lawyer said.

Su'a declined to comment any further on the matter. 

In December last year the Liquor Board revoked the liquor license for the NXT nightclub, inside the Marina compound, following an incident which led to the death of Malaki Tauili’ili. 

Tialavea, at the time, explained that the closure followed a warning by the Liquor Board to the same nightclub over other incidents.

 “The Board felt this was the right move due to the result of what has happened,” he said then.

“The loss of life is something that is not taken lightly.”

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