Winter Park, Buckets Saloon work toward agreement on liquor license violation
SKY-HI DAILY NEWS
A proposed agreement will keep Buckets Saloon in business, but the Winter Park bar could pay a fine to keep its liquor license from being temporary suspended.
Buckets owner Juliana Feltz is OK with the agreement. “Fines are made to be paid.
We got fined, so that’s it,” she said.
Authorities caught bar employees serving minors alcohol twice in April and issued Buckets two summonses for Unlawful Acts, police say.
Feltz said the bar was only charged once, and that the person who tried to sell to minors no longer works there. The bartenders working there are trained not to sell to minors, she said.
The Winter Park Council, which also serves as the Local Licensing Authority, will finalize the agreement at an 8 a.m. meeting Tuesday, July 1, at Town Hall.
The hearing, originally scheduled for June 16, was canceled, and the bar, police and Authority will reach an agreement instead.
The proposed penalty was that the licensee would have to agree to 10 days of suspension of their Tavern Liquor License as a penalty for its violation of the Colorado Liquor Code. Five of the days would kick in right away and the other five would be levied if the bar violated the code again, after due process.
Instead of a having its liquor license actively suspended for five days, the bar will pay a fine of 20 percent of its estimated gross revenues of alcoholic beverage proceeds for five days, April 7-11. The fine should not be less than $200 or greater than $5,000, documents show.
The bar would pay the fine to the town of Winter Park by July 1.
The additional five days of suspension would be held in “abeyance” for one year.
If the bar does not pay its fine “in a timely matter” it would have to serve 10 days of suspension, documents show.
Fraser/Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor said the agreement was not ready for the June 16 meeting.
“We’re working on a plea agreement and it just took more time than we can get done today,” he said.
Winter Park officials said they are “waiting on the financial data to complete” the agreement.
The police department will continue to help ensure that minors are not served alcoholic beverages at Buckets, or any other local bar, by continuing routine bar and compliance checks, Trainor said.
All the bars in the Winter Park and Fraser area are held to the same standards, he said.
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