As many dramatic stories grace the screen of the Finger Lakes Drive-In this summer, one will drag on for the 70-year-old business itself.
The drive-in’s owner, Paul Meyer, is one defendant in a legal action by the town of Aurelius. Another is Cayuga Nation member Dustin “Dusty” Parker, who on Aug. 8, 2016, accepted a 1.19-acre parcel of the drive-in’s land from Meyer, for free, in the nation’s name. By Aug. 10, Parker set up a drive-thru “smoke shop,” Peacekeepers Tobacco Trail, on the parcel.
A driveway crossed both the drive-in property and a second residential property Meyer owns, leading to a cargo container behind the theater’s screen where customers could buy cigarettes from Parker or other Cayugas.