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Hearing on club's license Wednesday
Disruptions of Bo'Maz riles authorities
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Owners of the Bo’Maz nightclub will have a chance to fight a possible temporary closing of their business Wednesday during a show-cause hearing with the Walthourville City Council.
The meeting comes in response to a recommendation made last month by Liberty County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Elpidio Fratichelli to close the club for 30 days. The recommendate was made after the firing of more than 10 gunshots in the club’s parking lot caused chaos as club goers fled the scene.
Fratichelli said the incident was the final straw after months of problems at the popular hangout due to its “inadequate and ill-trained” security.
He told the Walthourville Council that based on the number of incidents at the club in the last five months alone it was time for the council to use its power.
“I believe and understand that you as a council and as a mayor have the authority at this point, based on the evidence, to take their license for a 30-day period and give the owners 30 days to figure out how to fix their problems,” Fratichelli said during a May 22 meeting.
 In an effort to give Bo’Maz owners Bobby and Mazie Fabian, who did not attend the meeting, a chance to defend themselves, however, the council voted to hold a show-cause hearing before making a decision on the revocation.
The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Walthourville City Hall. The public is invited to attend.
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