In a series of unanimous votes, the Mashpee Board of Selectmen approved various license changes for The Club at New Seabury on Monday, February 8, including a license change that converts The Lure Raw Bar into a members-only restaurant.

The president of The Club at New Seabury, Chris Card, told selectmen that the license change for The Lure is a business decision focused on providing increased value to the club’s members.

“The Lure will become really for members only and their accompanied guests,” he said.

Mr. Card said that before the license change about 40 percent of the visitors at the raw bar were members of the general public rather than members of The Club at New Seabury.

In response to a question from Selectman Thomas O’Hara, Mr. Card said access to The Lure would not include all residents of New Seabury but only those who are members of The Club.

The other license changes, from annual to seasonal liquor licenses for the New Seabury Athletic Club and Pool and Popponesset Inn, were made out of consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Card said.

“[For the] same reason as the athletic club, it’s just not sustainable to have the Popponesset Inn open over this winter,” he said. “We’re certainly going to look at doing it in the future, but for now it just doesn’t make any sense for us.”

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Bostonwhaler

Great idea to make the Lure private to NS members only! The members deserve this along with the overcrowding of their beach club!

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