Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:37
Post Avenue will be a little quieter on weekends, after the Board of Trustees unanimously voted not to renew a special use permit for Avanti Night Club. The facility will remain open, but can no longer operate as a nightclub or serve alcohol.
Avanti’s last permit was renewed March 2, 2012 with 13 terms and conditions. While George Duffy claimed that his client, owner Barry Ceriano, had adhered to those conditions to the best of his ability, the board had reason to believe otherwise.
The Board has received numerous complaints about the club, which is located on the intersection of Post Avenue and Newton Street. Nearby residents have complained about noise, security, garbage being strewn on nearby lawns, and club patrons parking illegally and in an unmanaged manner. There have also been 25 instances of the police being called in the past 18 months regarding disturbances such as fights and underage drinking.
“Those are things we’ve communicated with you in the past and we’ve always been assured that those things were being handled properly, but residents who live in the area tell us that is not the case,” Cavallaro said.
Cavallaro said that some of the club’s events, which were being promoted on the internet, were in direct violation of the club’s permit. Condition number 8 of the special use permit bans an owner, manager, tenant, etc. from operating or encouraging adult cabarets, adult live entertainment theaters, escort, dating and introduction services, or any similar types of business.
Ceriano denies violating the code, saying he knew nothing about why events were being promoted in such a manner . He insisted that the party in question was just a singles night for people 40 and over.
“Our doors are open all the time. You guys can come in anytime you want, there’s nothing going on, I assure you,” Ceriano said.
The club also failed to tell the board about any of the 25 police calls or that they were being inspected by the State Liquor Authority for underage drinking complaints.
“Some of these incidents, I might have been aware of but I wasn’t issued any summons. If I was, I definitely would have sent a letter. I wasn’t aware that the liquor authority was (investigating),” Ceriano said.
One nearby resident expressed his disgust over the club, saying it was loud and that there are constantly fights in the unlit parking lot.
“I can’t sleep because of the noise. I see kids there who look about 16 or 17 years old. We don’t need this garbage here. Westbury’s a beautiful village, we don’t need this,” he said. “It’s very bad, please take your business someplace else.”
And while Avanti was denied a special use permit, the board did grant a 6 month special use permit for another Post avenue establishment. Isla De La Bahia at 186 Post Avenue had their special permit renewed and was also granted a request to stay open later. The full service restaurant will now stay open until 2 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to be able to keep up with other local competition. There have been a handful of noise complaints from nearby residents about Isla De La Bahia, and the owners are hoping to fix that problem by adding an exterior door and entryway.
The board also granted a one year special use permit to create a church at 25A Post Avenue. The church is expected to have a small congregation of about 20 members and will be open certain hours on Sunday, Saturday and Wednesday evening.