Steamboat Springs It appears Jade Summit and Pirate's Pub owner Kevin Nerney will fight city efforts to suspend his liquor license.
Nerney has rejected the city's offer to suspend his liquor license for 15 days as punishment for an alleged liquor violation that occurred in February.
During a hearing Thursday, the Steamboat Springs City Council, acting as the city's Liquor License Authority, scheduled Nerney to appear at noon Sept. 6 for a show cause hearing in the matter.
City Clerk Julie Jordan said the city offered Nerney a 15-day liquor license suspension with five days served and 10 days held in abeyance. An additional four days would have been added to the suspension for a previous violation, she said.
"That was the stipulation we had negotiated and discussed," she said. "We haven't retracted that offer, but we will be moving forward with the research necessary for the (show cause) hearing."
Part of stipulation would require Nerney to serve the nine-day suspension before Nov. 1, when Ner-
ney's liquor license expires.
During the Sep-
tember hearing, Nerney and his Steamboat Springs attorney, Kris Hammond, will have the opportunity to present evidence in the case. The city likely will hire a prosecuting attorney for the hearing, Jordan said.
The administrative hearing comes on the heels of a criminal case stemming from the February incident. A jury cleared Nerney of wrongdoing in the misdemeanor case in June.
Even though Nerney was found not guilty, the city is moving forward with its case because it is a separate issue, City Council President Susan Dellinger said.
Neither Hammond nor Nerney could be reached for comment. But Hammond said at the end of Nerney's trial that the city should not move forward with its case given the jury's not guilty verdict.
In other busi-
ness, the Liquor License Authority:
n Agreed to move forward with prosecuting three Steamboat Springs businesses that failed a June alcohol compliance check. The Anglers Drive Kum & Go, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Mother's Deli will come before the Liquor License Authority at noon Sept. 6 for a show cause hearing. This is the second offense for the Kum & Go, the first offense for Qdoba and the third offense for Mother's Deli. Under city ordinance, council could consider revoking Mother's Deli's liquor license.