Pirate's Pub liquor license revocation upheld

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— Routt County District Court upheld the November 2007 revocation of the liquor licenses for Jade Summit restaurant and Pirate's Pub, in a decision filed Monday by Judge Mary Hoak.

The restaurant and bar closed earlier this year.

The liquor license was revoked by the previous Steamboat Springs City Council, operating as the city's Liquor License Authority, as a result of allegations that owner Kevin Nerney made unlawful sexual contact with a patron of his bar in February 2007. Though he was cleared of all criminal charges in August 2007, the City Council found him guilty of violating state liquor codes in quasi-judicial hearings last fall and revoked his liquor license.

His wife, Kathy Nerney, later gained a liquor license in her name, which the current City Council granted with the stipulation that Kevin Nerney not be allowed on the premises during businesses hours.

That liquor license, which went into effect Feb. 20, does not expire until Feb. 19, 2009.

The revocation was appealed to Routt County District Court on March 31, under the premise that the Liquor License Authority abused its discretion, in part by failing to follow city staff's recommendation for a thirty-day suspension. Hoak found that there was "competent evidence" that Kevin Nerney violated the state liquor code and that the guidelines for liquor license suspensions and revocations are nonbinding, according to Monday's decision.

The Nerneys declined to comment specifically on Monday's district court decision. Kathy Nerney said the issue is "dead and buried."

"If there's no restaurant, there's no liquor license - what's the point," Kathy Nerney said. "Bottom line is my husband was found innocent of all charges."

While Jade Summit and Pirate's Pub shuttered their doors months ago as part of the redevelopment of Ski Time Square and Thunderhead Lodge, the Nerneys' saga is not over.

At a Liquor License Authority hearing Thursday, hearing officer Jim Moylan found probable cause to move forward with an alleged violation of Kathy Nerney's liquor license in March, City Clerk Julie Jordan said. Witnesses and police allegedly saw Kevin Nerney serving patrons at Pirate's Pub, which would violate the condition of the liquor license issued to Kathy Nerney in February.

A show cause hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7, where material will be presented showing that a suspension or revocation of the liquor license is warranted, Jordan said. The owners of the establishment also are invited to make their case.

The city will complete the statutory process for the alleged violation regardless of whether the Nerneys decide to participate and despite the fact that Jade Summit and Pirate's Pub are closed and awaiting demolition, Jordan said.

- To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203 or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

424now 6 years, 1 month ago

A silly waste of our Tax money. It looks more and more like a witch hunt every day.

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lessworkmoreskiing 6 years, 1 month ago

Is there really nothing better S**ty Council can spend their time on? I have a dead horse in my back yard if anyone wants to come beat it up.

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dave reynolds 6 years, 1 month ago

totally agree with all of you kevin or kathy p..d someone off and they made it thier mission to make their lives miserable and put them out of business..whom ever you are hope you sleep well at nights but the real question is how do you look yourself in the mirror..found innocent of all charges should have been the end of it..shame on the sh..y counsel

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Joe_Mama 6 years, 1 month ago

Joe doesn't think that they were cleared of the liquor violations, in all fairness.

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colobob 6 years, 1 month ago

moreskiing, two t's in s****y, although I don't think there are enough t's in it for many of us. Makes you wonder why folks voted some of the others out in the first place doesn't it? Same song, same dance, just some different faces. Politics are politics! As for the horse, be careful what you ask for. You're liable to wake up tomorrow morning and find a line in your backyard.

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tsegler 6 years, 1 month ago

When I read articles like this my teeth hurt. Thanks, Pilot, for keeping us informed.....of the amazingly ridiculous behavior of the City of Steamboat Springs. This has gone beyond witch hunt; it is now a gross violation of the responsibilty to the taxpayers to spend time and effort on worthwhile issues. The actions of the Liquor License Authority beg the question "Is there another effort to eliminate liquor licenses in the city?" The first effort was in recent years when it was declared by city council that "there are too many liquor licenses in Steamboat Springs".

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steamberg 6 years, 1 month ago

Witch hunt, I think not! The Nerneys violated the law and now should face the consequenses and move on instead of WASTING our governments time and money!

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digit1964 6 years, 1 month ago

Hey all you "informed" citizens. Why don't you educate yourself on an issue before you spout off with an opinion? You can thank the Nerneys for the extra taxpayer expense on this one. NERNEY appealed the decision of the FORMER city council forcing the city to DEFEND.

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SilverSpoon 6 years, 1 month ago

Digit is right, when the city starts a witch hunt, the individuals they intend to burn should stack the firewood, set the post, tie themselves to it, and light a match. The great city of Salem, Ma; had great success in liberating their town of ALLEGED hereitcs.

The city has the right to be the judge, jury and executioner; just like G.W.B.

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