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Board argues club shouldn’t keep liquor license

Last updated: September 19. 2013 11:21PM - 5383 Views
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The state Liquor Control Board has stated that the Woodlands Inn in Plains Township does not have enough security personnel and inadequate lighting on the dance floor inside Club Evolution as reasons why its liquor license should not be renewed.
The state Liquor Control Board has stated that the Woodlands Inn in Plains Township does not have enough security personnel and inadequate lighting on the dance floor inside Club Evolution as reasons why its liquor license should not be renewed.
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WILKES-BARRE — Not enough security personnel and inadequate lighting on the dance floor inside the Woodlands Inn and Resort’s Club Evolution are reasons why the resort’s liquor license should not be renewed, the state Liquor Control Board contends.


The resort on Route 315, Plains Township, is challenging the LCB’s decision not to renewal the liquor license, claiming violations under a conditional licensing agreement reached with the board in October 2011. The LCB charged the resort had 10 violations of the liquor code dating back to 1987 and 47 alleged incidents and disturbances reported to Plains Township police.


The LCB agreement required the resort to:


• Employ a minimum of 14 security officers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.


• Maintain 44 surveillance cameras of the interior and parking lot areas.


• Provide exterior lighting and interior lighting for surveillance cameras to obtain and record clear images.


LCB lawyer Michael J. Plank defended the LCB’s decision during three days of testimony before Luzerne County Judge Richard Hughes in late July and early August.


In court papers filed this week, Plank stated testimony from the resort’s own witnesses suggest there are 12 security officers, not 14 as required, working Thursday night.


Plank further stated the resort is not maintaining adequate lighting conditions within Club Evolution and the dance floor.


Resort CEO Gary Kornfeld said during the three-day proceeding that the conditional licensing agreement forced upon the Woodlands caused a 50 percent decline in business on Thursday nights when the resort hosts an under-21 party.


The resort had been the region’s largest nighttime adult entertainment venue until the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino opened seven years ago. Kornfeld further testified that competition, including the nearby casino, has impacted business at the resort. He noted that without the liquor license, the resort will likely close.


Attorney Richard Bishop with the law firm Hourigan, Klugar & Quinn did not return a message for comment. Bishop represented the resort at the appeal hearing before Hughes.


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