The fate of a Vista-area nightclub deemed a public nuisance and safety concern could be decided Tuesday, as City Council discusses whether to reinstate the club’s business license.
Lucky 13’s license was revoked late last month, after police fielded multiple complaint calls about the club.
While the club’s owner is appealing that revocation, some City Council members made it clear Monday they would not tolerate any business that fostered criminal activity. The name of the owner was not available Monday.
“I am really excited we are finally doing this,” said Councilman Cameron Runyan. “We need to send a strong signal to these types of establishments that lawlessness will not be tolerated in our city.”
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Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook submitted the license revocation request Nov. 25, after the police department reported getting multiple calls at the club’s 920 Lady St. location.
“The nature of the calls were concerning,” Holbrook said. “Some of the calls for service included weapons, discharging of firearms, assault, larcenies, drug use and overcrowding issues.”
Holbrook said the final straw was gunfire, including an incident just two days before the license revocation request. In that incident, officers were dispatched to the club after a shooting that wounded one and damaged nearby vehicles.
Brian Newman, chairman of the city’s public safety committee, said there has been a great deal of concern for some time regarding incidents that have happened near the club.
“We want to make sure we have social outlets for everybody in the community,” Newman said. “But regardless of the type of outlet, public safety is the main concern. The ultimate goal is not only that our crime statistics go down, but that people feel safe.”