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Date for vote on club licensing law moved up

January 10, 2001

Date for vote on club licensing law moved up



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


To make sure a proposed Hagerstown club licensing law will apply to a downtown music club expected to open this month, the City Council agreed Tuesday to vote on the law next week and to have the law take effect immediately after the vote.

"We don't want someone coming in under the wire," said Councilman William Breichner.

A vote on the proposed club licensing law had been scheduled for a regular council voting session on Jan. 30, and the law wasn't expected to go into effect until March.

Anthony Giannoumis, 21, of Greencastle, Pa., a student at Penn State Mont Alto, said he plans to open Cabaret 92, a nonalcoholic music club, on the second floor of 92 W. Washington St.

Giannoumis said Tuesday that the earliest the club will open will be Jan. 20. He had hoped to open the club this Saturday.

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The proposed licensing law would apply only to nonalcoholic, for profit entertainment clubs. The license would cost $500 annually.

The licensing law would require club owners to show proof of insurance, describe how they would provide security inside and around the club, and establish age restrictions for the clubs.

Under-21 clubs would be prohibited from admitting anyone under 16, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Anyone 21 or older, unless they are club employees, entertainers hired by the club, or a parent or guardian of an under-16 club patron, would also be barred from an under-21 club.

The licensing law also would prohibit anyone under 21 from entering an over-21 club unless they were club employees, club entertainers, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Giannoumis has said his club will be an under-21 club, but he hoped the proposed licensing law won't restrict him to admitting only those under 21.

The City Council unanimously supported the club licensing law in December.

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