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Bo'Maz hearing today
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The canceled Oct. 2 show-cause hearing between the Walthourville City Council and Bo’Maz owners, Bobby and Mazie Fabian, is set for 1 p.m. today in the Walthourville City Hall meeting room.
The second show-cause hearing between the city council and club owners in four months, last week’s meeting was canceled because of scheduling issues with the Fabians’ attorney, Kimberly Copeland.
City officials have scheduled the hearing to discuss the possible revocation of the Fabians’ Sunday alcohol sales license, citing violations of the city’s noise ordinance, alcoholic beverage ordinance and disorderly conduct (fighting, gunfire and outside drinking), as well as state fire code violations.
A previous show-cause hearing took place in June after Liberty County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Elpidio Fratichelli suggested closing Bo’Maz for 30 days, following an incident in May when multiple gunshots were fired in the club parking lot as patrons departed.
Council members opted not to close the nightclub, but to amend the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance to restrict selling and serving alcohol in Walthourville after 2:55 a.m. Monday through Friday or after midnight Saturday. No alcohol sales were permitted before 8 a.m. any day of the week and on Sunday.
The council recently unanimously repealed the amendment that re-instituted selling and serving alcohol until 2:55 a.m. Monday through Sunday morning and from 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon until midnight.
With many of the disturbances at Bo'Maz taking place during early Sunday morning hours, Walthourville Mayor Henry Frasier said blocking the Fabians from selling alcohol after midnight Saturday could play a role in lessening some of the problems.
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