Vote on S-Bar Sunday sales goes to full Augusta Commission

A decision to refuse a North Leg Road nightclub owner a license to serve alcohol on Sundays goes before the Augusta Commission on Tuesday for a vote.

 

Dwayne Stokes, owner of the S-Bar at 1505 North Leg Road, argued last week that a single weekly event causes the club’s alcohol sales to spike and outpace food sales. Augusta’s Sunday Sales law requires a restaurant make half its annual gross revenues from food prepared on site to sell alcohol on Sundays.


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The city Planning and Development department recommended against granting the license last week, and the Public Services Committee agreed, voting 3-0 to deny the license. Commissioner Bill Fennoy abstained, saying Stokes is his nephew.

Backing the recommendation, a planning and development auditor found Stokes had underrepresented his alcohol sales by $38,126.09, resulting in $1,143.78 in unpaid excise taxes. Stokes’ total food sales of $104,503.77, according to auditor Armando Totka’s report, was 42 percent of his actual total sales of $246,618.39, below the required 50 percent.

The decision appears on the commission’s consent agenda for a final vote Tuesday at the 2 p.m. commission meeting.

Other items going before the commission include:

- A presentation from Lynda Barrs on the new Marion Barnes Resource Center for the Homeless

- Repurposing $20,000 in city funds received by the CSRA Area Agency on Aging from meals on wheels to medical transport, after the agency was awarded state funds for meals

- A vote to move forward with certain items from a citywide property maintenance initiative and authorize the law department to tighten maintenance codes

- Reappointing former Commissioner Jerry Brigham to the board of zoning appeals; appointing Michael Thurman and reappointing Barbara Gordon to the Housing and Community Development advisory board; appointing Commissioner Sean Frantom to the Greater Augusta Arts Council and reappointing Brad Owens to the Augusta Urban Development Agency.

Reach Susan McCord at (706) 823-2315 or susan.mccord@augustachronicle.com.

Donald Sterling 6 months ago
Once a cheater, always a cheater.  The bar owner purposely misrepresented the sales totals.  Maybe his license should be suspended for a while.
Jim Hall 6 months ago
Sounds like the negotiation with JAPAN, post WWII.   The supposed unconditional surrender included a clause that allowed its military spending to be a low % of its GNP.   Who knew they would become a world economic power?   Someone did.

Someone also allowed JAPAN to keep its  human god/emperor as well as the three ruling families intact.  Ever heard of Mitsubishi?

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