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Newport Beach Club liquor license tops council agenda

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Town Council will debate the Newport Beach Club’s request for a liquor license transfer at Monday’s meeting. The meeting comes 13 days after the club’s developer was charged with assault after he allegedly slapped a female Newport Beach Club employee’s butt and attempted to coerce other female employees to consume alcohol.

On Sept. 3, at approximately 4:26 p.m., a 21-year-old female stated that she was assaulted while working at the Newport Beach Club. According to the victim, she was working at the Newport Beach Club in Portsmouth on Saturday, Sept. 1, when the suspect, Patrick Alan Tinsman, 47, of 91 Old Ocean Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, slapped her on the buttocks and ran off.

After an investigation, it was determined that during the night, Tinsman allegedly attempted to coerce female employees to consume alcohol during their shift and was observed to be highly intoxicated. Tinsman turned himself into Second District Court in Newport on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Tinsman was later processed at the Portsmouth police headquarters on the assault charge and released. 

Tinsman manages the limited-liability company, Velocity NBC LLC, which purchased the Newport Beach Club from Northern Waterfront Associates Limited Partnership in August. The Newport Beach Club is a waterfront condo gated community in Portsmouth with boating, tennis, and equestrian facilities.

The new owners of the Newport Beach Club are now seeking the transfer of a Class BV alcoholic beverage license from the town of Portsmouth.

On Monday, sitting as the Board of License Commissioners, the council members will hold a public hearing on the transfer. The hearing is part of the council’s regular meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road.

Prior to the meeting, Portsmouth Chief of Police Thomas F. Lee wrote a letter to the council members to inform “the board of this incident and arrest in order to assist you in determining suitability for the transfer of license…”.

In the letter, Chief Lee also writes the following:

Read the entirety of Chief Lee’s letter here:


View the entire Portsmouth Council agenda for Monday’s meeting here:



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