November 07, 2013 - 11:27 AM
PENTICTON - No one stepped forward at city council to protest Opal Nite Club's plans to extend its hours despite the city receiving several letters opposing just such a move.
Club ownership and staff appeared before Penticton's leadership at Monday's council meeting to ask for its support to amend its liquor license with the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. The club owner wants to extend the current hours of 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., to 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday to Sunday. Support was given after council questioned club staff about cleanliness and patron behaviour.
Club operator Paul Richardson wants to be open for lunches, wedding receptions and other events normally taking place during daylight hours and to be open on special holidays, such as Halloween night.
Several letters were submitted to the city to protest this and to point to perceived problems which club operators said are groundless.
Coun. Judy Sentes pointed out a photo showing fruit rinds being dumped outside the club by staff. Club official Jannie Ciere told her that was a mistake that would never happen again.
Another letter writer complained about drunk and disorderly people on Main Street in the vicinity of the club but those are not club patrons security manager Bill Cody said.
"A lot of people looked fondly to when there were three to four nightclubs," Coun. Helena Konanz said and asked council to give the Opal the same chance The Mule got when it applied for extended hours.
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