Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Westbury Board of Trustees has decided to grant Avanti a special use cabaret permit for a probationary six months.
The club had its permit rescinded six weeks ago after being in violation of several conditions, including noise and not reporting police activity. It now is required to operate under stricter conditions, including revised operating hours (they can be open until1 a.m. Sunday to
Wednesday and until 2 am. Thursday to Saturday) and having to keep a log book of any police activity. Much of the debate over Avanti had to do with an advertisement that promoted an event of a sexual nature. Club owner Barry Ceriano insisted that nothing of such a nature happened at Avanti and he was unaware of the ads, however the mayor said that the advertisement itself was in violation of the club’s permit and that the owner was responsible for all events that went on in his club. In that strain, the new permit includes a condition that says “applicant shall be responsible for any and all activities or events occurring at the premises. In the event that the applicant uses or engages the service of a booking agent, event planner, promoter…applicant shall use a written contract…and shall remain responsible and liable for any and all violations of the permit.” The following condition also says “any advertisement…of any event at the Premises, that advertises or promotes an event that would be a violation of this Permit and conditions, is itself a violation.”
Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro said the board was faced with balancing the severity and frequency of the violations with the severity of the punishment.
“We had to weigh the seriousness and frequency of the complaints and violations versus the seriousness of the penalty and drastic nature of revoking the permit. From a legal standpoint, it’s more appropriate that we punish (Avanti), and by tightening up regulations, it allows him to continue to operate if he can live within those regulations and better protect the neighborhood,” Cavallaro said.
“I think we’re opting to work to try to make it work for him if he can run his operation in a clean and legal and complementary manner to the surrounding neighborhood. If he continues to violate, we’ll have to take more serious action,” Cavallaro said.
Club management will have to return to the board in October to show the village why their permit should be renewed.