The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has ruled in favor of the Cactus Club in its appeal of a decision by the City Council against the renewal of the Old Part bar’s liquor license.

The council voted not to renew the license Feb. 18, 2009, citing public safety issues and state liquor law violations.

The bar’s lawyer, David Turesky, argued the license should be reinstated because the city took too long to inform the bar of its decision not to renew the license. State law says a municipality must act on renewing a license within 120 days of the application or the license is renewed automatically. The city did not inform the bar of the decision within that 120-day window.

The Supreme Court agreed that the license was automatically renewed in its decision issued today.

The popular bar at 416 Fore St., which is owned by Thomas Manning, has continued to operate throughout the dispute.