The liquor licensing board has renewed the liquor license for Mack’s Bar despite strong opposition from a resident.
Vadlee Douglas said Bodden Road residents have ‘been living in torture all these years that bar has been here’, and pleaded with board members to not allow it to stay open.
Claiming the establishment is practically a headquarters for drug users she said lewd and obnoxious customers are a nuisance and hazard to the community.
According to Ms Douglas the situation is so bad her grandson is too scared to walk to her house alone after school, and claimed that other people feel the same way.
Melba Nixon, owner of Mack’s, which also known as the Pistol Bar, argued that it is the neighbourhood that is the breeding ground for illegal activity, not the bar.
She told board members there has never been a major incident inside the establishment.
She says the trouble starts once customers, most of whom live in the area, leave, saying drugs are part of their environment and there’s absolutely nothing she or the people managing the establishment can do once they leave the premises.
She told the board Ms Douglas’ motives for wanting the bar shut down were purely personal and based on disagreements she has with members of her family who have worked at the bar at one time or another.
In fact Ms Douglas’ nephew, Rodney Rivers, is the manager of the establishment.
Ms Nixon said all she asked is the licence be reinstated until Rivers is able to finalise plans to open another bar in a different neighbourhood.
After hearing arguments from both sides, board members agreed to ratify the change of licensee and grant the license renewal.