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Bo'Maz hearing Tuesday
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Just as national television networks begin airing their new fall shows, the local drama series, “What To Do With Bo’Maz,” will start season two Tuesday evening.
For the second time in four months, the Walthourville City Council will be holding a show cause hearing between city officials and Bo’Maz club owners, Bobby and Mazie Fabian, to decide whether to revoke the owners’ Sunday alcohol sales license.
According to a legal notice prepared by the city, the move to revoke the Fabians’ Sunday alcohol license stems from charges of violating Walthourville’s noise ordinance, alcoholic beverage ordinance and disorderly conduct (fighting, gunfire and outside drinking), as well as state fire code violations.
City officials held a previous show cause hearing in June to decide whether or not to temporarily close Bo’Maz for 30 days, following an incident in May when more than 10 gunshots were fired in the nightclub’s parking lot as patrons departed.
Rather than close the establishment, councilmembers elected to amend the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance. The change restricted businesses “other than grocery and convenience type stores” from selling or serving alcohol in the city after 2:55 a.m. Monday through Friday or after midnight on Saturday. No alcohol sales are permitted before 8 a.m. on any day of the week and on Sunday.
The council recently voted unanimously to repeal the amendment, which re-instituted the selling and serving of alcohol until 2:55 a.m. Monday through Sunday morning and from 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon until midnight. Additionally, 50 percent of the establishment’s profits must come from food sales.
But because most of the problems at Bo’Maz take place during the early hours of Sunday morning, Walthourville Mayor Henry Frasier said stopping the sale of alcohol after midnight Saturday could assist with lessening some of the disturbances.
Like the first show cause hearing, both sides will have a chance to weigh-in on the issue during Tuesday’s meeting, which is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. inside the Walthourville City Hall.
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