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Board votes for Boat Sanction

Sam Davis | Friday, August 27, 2004

A local alcohol board has recommended that the state of Indiana revoke the liquor license of The Boat Club, where 213 patrons were cited for underage drinking in Jan. 2003, according to an Aug. 26 report by The South Bend Tribune.

The Alcoholic Beverage Board of St. Joseph County voted 2-1 Wednesday to deny the annual renewal of its liquor license to the bar. A final decision on the matter will come in early September when the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission votes on the recommendation. Typically, the state agency follows the local board’s recommendation, IATC chairman Bart Harriman told The Tribune.

In making its recommendation, the board said that The Boat Club had a reputation for catering to underage drinkers and must have known minors were entering on a regular basis.

This summer The Boat Club finalized a settlement with ATC prosecutor Fred Bauer. The agreement requires the bar pay a $5,000 fine and serve a one-week license suspension. Bauer will waive the suspension if the bar goes one year without further violations.