Stillwater Wants to Crack Down On Problem Bars

Updated: 11/16/2012 5:21 PM By: Jay Kolls

The Stillwater City Council wants to make sure police have the tools needed to crack down on problem bars. There were three violent assaults in a two-week period at Smalley's Pirate Bar in downtown Stillwater in September.

One of those assaults resulted in the death of a 29-year-old Bayport man. Stillwater officials are now looking at beefing up the City's Liquor Ordinance to allow police to crack down on bars that have repeated problems.

One thing being considered is this: If a bar, or restaurant, has six critical incidents in a year, its liquor license could be in jeopardy.

Most business owners support the city's efforts, but some just want to make sure the city's modified ordinance doesn't go too far and penalize establishments that have a good track record.

Stillwater officials say they are in the early phases of drafting the new ordinance and it will probably not be ready for official action until after the first of the year.