The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) has recommended denial of a Class A liquor permit for the Washington Street Jazz Club, Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) has learned. The establishment, located at 800 Washington Street, Monroe, is across the street from the Excellence Academy, which is a charter school.
An official of the ATC told LPNO that they had dispatched an agent yesterday to the location to take measurements, and that the club is indeed LESS than 300 feet from the school. Monroe’s code of ordinances dictates that establishments that serve alcohol must be situated 300 feet or more from a “…public playground or of a building used exclusively as a church or synagogue, public library, or school…”
Both local and state permits are required for a business to sell or serve alcohol or tobacco.
The club has been the subject of controversy since last August, when Mayor Jamie Mayo was spotted at the bar during a fundraising event for a Shreveport mayoral candidate.
Last month, the Monroe City Council approved a license for the bar, despite nothing in writing certifying that the bar met distance requirements. The approval was on the verbal say-so of Planning and Urban Development Director Chris Fischer. Earlier measurements from the Tax & Revenue Department certified that the bar’s location was within the prohibited distance.