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City to hold show-cause hearing on Big Apple Dec. 20
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Hinesville City Council will hold a show-cause hearing to address recent incidents at the Big Apple at 5 p.m. Dec. 20, following the regular scheduled council meeting.

City Manager Ken Howard said that the council will hear the incidents and will decide if there’s any action that needs to be taken related to the incidents.

According to the Dec. 6 council agenda, the hearing is to determine the Big Apple’s continued fitness and eligibility to hold a City of Hinesville alcoholic beverage license, and to determine whether their business license will be suspended or revoked.

City Attorney Linnie Darden raised concerns to Howard, citing that the original “desire and interest” was to determine whether council would renew their license, based on conduct that has occurred on premises and allegations raised.

“With all due respect, I discussed it with my staff,” Howard said. “Right now there is some incidents that have occurred. According to our policy, we need to address those issues with the council. We’re not proposing any specific action—we’re giving an update to the council as it relates to those incidents. It’s up to the council to take any action they deem appropriate.”

The last recorded incident occurred around 2:15 a.m. Nov. 24. A Big Apple bouncer attempted to step in between a fight between another employee and a customer, and the altercation escalated when another man began attacking the bouncer.

The bouncer’s eye will be surgically removed due to injuries sustained during the fight.

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