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Council to discuss licensing dry clubs

December 12, 2000

Council to discuss licensing dry clubs



A new Hagerstown law to license for-profit music or dance clubs that aren't required to have liquor licenses is expected to be voted on next Tuesday.

The license would cost $500 annually, and would not apply to businesses with liquor licenses because they already have government oversight.

Also exempt would be theaters, restaurants, and clubs sponsored or operated by a government, educational institution, or religious, charitable, benevolent, fraternal or social organization.

None of the council members voiced opposition to the licensing law when it was discussed Tuesday.

City Police Chief Arthur Smith asked for the law because there is no oversight for music or dance clubs that do not have liquor licenses, but permit patrons to bring their own alcoholic beverages.

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Smith said the issue came to his attention earlier this year when a "rave" club opened for a few weeks on North Potomac Street across from City Hall.

He said he knows of no existing businesses that would be affected by the proposed licensing.

- Dan Kulin

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