Final decision on Tiki Barge liquor license to come April 28; Tiki officially opens today
That's when some neighbors of the bar asked that its license be revoked. The Liquor Board punted on a decision then and asked the involved parties to come to an agreement on their own.
That hasn't happened yet. If they haven't by April 28's liquor board meeting, the board would be forced to make a decision itself, chairman Stephan Fogleman said.
The hearing Thursday was instead to discuss a protest to prevent the barge's license from being renewed for 2011, a petition another neighbor had filed separately from the earlier petition to revoke.
Because the license was already being discussed in terms of a revocation, the board dismissed that protest on the principle of collateral estoppel, Fogleman said.
In other words, the board had already heard arguments for and against the bar on March 3 on the petition to revoke, so that holding a separate hearing on the license's renewal would be redundant.
The next Tiki Barge hearing is scheduled to be held April 28, when if supporters and critics haven't come to a detente, the board would make the final decision on the bar's 2011 license.
The hearing has been set for the 28th because the bar's 2010 liquor license expires April 30 at midnight.
That also means that the Tiki Barge can open today, as it has already planned, and stay open until the 30th if it's license isn't renewed, and for another year if it is.
Fogleman said the hearing Thursday was less crowded than the first. Instead of Matthew Klaiber, who spoke for the critics of the Tiki Barge last time, the point person was Marie Washington.
Washington had complained at the last meeting about the bar's patrons idling outside her house."My problem is that it creates a safety issue for me," she said. She added that noise is also a problem: "I've been woken up by individuals on weekends late night who are intruding into my ability to enjoy my own home," she said last time.