There are eight cases on the Dec. 7, 2006 LC Board of Adjudication agenda, an unusually high number probably due to the fact that the panel hasn’t met since Sept. 7. Most are single-count, no contest deals involving minor decoy sting operations. A couple others deal with alleged over-service. But one case, concerning Paradice Bluz Nightclub & Lounge in Lahaina, stood out above the others.
Paradice Bluz stands accused of one count of “allow[ing] the consumption of liquor in the area designated for dancing.” They’re pleading no contest to this charge, as well as another alleging the club failed “to ensure that no employee, while on duty, be permitted to consume any alcoholic beverages.”
Going after nightclubs in which customers—employee or not—take their drinks onto the dance floor is a unique and signature part of the Maui County Department of Liquor Control. Then again, so is the requirement that all nightclubs in the county tape-off—or otherwise “designate”—their dance floors and then rigorously police the rest of the club to make sure no dancing is taking place outside the specially designated dancing zone.
The reason, of course, is safety—can’t have drinks getting spilled on dancers or dancers blocking aisles and such. Most communities are content to let the local fire department concern itself with such capacity issues, but not Maui.
To reiterate: Paradice Bluz is facing up to a $2,000 fine for allowing someone to take a drink onto its dance floor. If that seems excessive in any way, then you obviously haven’t paid much attention to the LC.