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Albany bar owner speaks out on alcohol license controversy

Tim Shelton Tim Shelton

An Albany nightclub owner is trying to save his business. It's one of five targeted for potential closure by the city.

The owner of Club Xscape says the city doesn't have a good reason not to renew his alcohol license, but some city leaders have a different view.

Club Xscape owner Tim Shelton says he's been working hard for more than a decade to make his business successful, now that may be in jeopardy.

This week, Albany police and the city attorney's office recommended that city commissioners not renew alcohol licenses for five bars in the city because police say they respond to so many calls at the businesses.

Shelton says his business is safe and the city has no reason to pull the plug on his club.

"No one has been shot or killed or anything at my establishment. I haven't had any major incidents where someone has gotten hurt at my facility," said Shelton.

But city officials say Shelton broke a law that's been on the books for decades.

"That summary refers to underage minors being on the premises and that's not allowed if you have an on premises alcohol license, you can't have under 21-year-old on the premises," said city attorney Nathan Davis.

While Shelton won't comment on the pending legal matter, he says he is looking forward to meeting with city commissioners.

"I know it's not their intent to put any business out of business and they just want to get down to what's going on so we can work this thing out and make 2013 a good year," said Shelton.

He's optimistic things will work out between him and the city and he'll still be able to run his business.

"I have a passion for what I do. I've been here a long time and I want to continue to be here. I just want the city to work with me and not against me. That's it, that's all I want," said Shelton.

Shelton must appear at a hearing before city commissioners on January 14th.

The city will present evidence.  The businesses can cross examine the witnesses and present whatever evidence they want to present to try to convince commissioners to renew their alcohol licenses.

The owners of the Sandtrap Lounge, Regency Inn, Big Daddy's Club and Charlie B's must also appear at hearings before city commissioners decide whether to renew their alcohol licenses.


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