Licensed venues questioned on event flyers
Sports venues and a restaurant were questioned about flyers that advertised events when they appeared in front of liquor licensing authorities yesterday.
Southampton Rangers Sports Club and Somerset Cricket Club were among the venues at a hearing in the Magistrates’ Court.
Magistrate Tyrone Chin asked their presidents about adverts for functions held over the past few months.
He raised a copy of a flyer promoting a Bartender’s Edition Blue Flame Friday event at Southampton Rangers on February 1, which cost $10 and was open until 3am.
Mr Chin said: “It is a members’ club. That’s nightclub. That’s the concern that this authority has.”
Lawyer Shannon Dyer said he was enlisted by the sports club “in large part” as a result of an objections notice served by the Bermuda Police Service.
He told the court that Southampton Rangers wanted the chance to submit evidence to the Liquor Licensing Authority in response.
The BPS ordered the club to shut down for 24 hours from midnight last Saturday after two reported antisocial incidents the previous weekend.
Mr Dyer added that after “introductory conversations” with Jason Wade, the club president, who attended the hearing, responses to all concerns were expected to be provided at a full hearing, which was scheduled for next month.
Sergeant Andrew Exell, a BPS liquor licensing officer, reserved comment until then.
Mr Chin also asked Vashun Blanchette, the president of Somerset Cricket Club, about the possibility that the premises was leased or rented for events.
He cited flyers for two functions — one scheduled for tonight — and described the issue as “a concern”.
Mr Blanchette replied that was “duly noted”.
The parties will return for a full hearing next month.
Mr Chin was also concerned about whether Henry VIII restaurant, in Southampton, was “being used as a nightclub” and presented the eatery’s Paul King and Saliya Alahakoon with a copy of a flyer.
Mr King said: “It’s nothing to do with Henry VIII.
“That is a DJ that we do employ and I thought we had spoken to him about not doing these sorts of things.”
Mr King explained the business had taken steps to change the control of its social-media sites but added: “We have no control over what a person puts on his private page.”
A full hearing for the restaurant will be held in May.
Other premises scheduled to return to the panel include the Newstead Golf Resort’s Divots bar and grill, which sought to expand its al fresco offering.
Site visits will be carried out at Robinson’s Marina gas station and The Media Lounge, both in Sandys, before hearings to consider new liquor licence applications.