Hot off the Twitter presses, it looks like the residents of Harborview and parties involved in the run on Tabrizi’s liquor license and its associated entity – the Tiki Barge – have won a partial victory with a 30 day suspension. Tiki Barge first came under protest in February when residents of the Harborview community took issue with the loudness, the simulated sex with potted plants, and other things occurring over last summer’s blockbuster debut of the floating party barge. So essentially, no booze at Harborview starting July 1st until their license is restored.
Here’s the breakdown of the reasoning, via Steve Fogleman:
Tiki barge was suspended due to licensee’s last minute security last summer. We are confident the situation will improve there. When [approved] last year, Counsel for tiki barge gave [the Liquor Board] a letter of approval from a “community group” that was actually controlled by the developer. Counsel for tiki barge also implied the barge was mostly to be used by residents. The bar is a great concept, but we weren’t told the true story. Going forward, we like the tiki barge. The penalty was for past misrepresentations and initial lax security.
In other words, “See yall real soon!” (that’s the Tiki Barge talking) Sad to see that the organizers entrenched themselves in a dodgy methodology for getting the whole Barge up and running; I can’t help but wonder if they had been forthright with the residents of Harborview and said “Yeah, we’re gonna turn this thing into a raging blowout every weekend” whether they would have existed in the first place (guessing not). Still, considering the circumstances I suppose Bud Craven and his folks are / ought to be pleased, as they’ll at the very least be able to open again, rather than not at all.