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Town Beer Board meets, approves Shrimp Dock

Farragut’s newest Beer Board studied three applications for beer permits, but only awarded one at its meeting Thursday, April 23.

According to Community Development Director Ruth Hawk, off-premise beer permit applicant Calibur Car Wash is in violation of multiple Town ordinances and a beer permit should be denied until the business is in compliance.

“The business … has done some illegal clearing at the area behind the parking lot … in the floodplain and adjacent to the aquatic buffer,” Hawk said. Calibur is in violation of the stormwater ordinance, aquatic buffer ordinance and tree protection ordinance, Hawk said.

The clearing and subsequent violations have been ongoing since February and the violations have amassed a civil penalty of $1,120.

“You would consider that the demands or requests of the Town to come into compliance are not extraordinary and are consistent with what we require of everyone else?” Board chair Dr. John Williams asked.

Michael Thomas, Calibur Car Wash owner, said he was improving the property on which he built in 1988, sold in 2005 and recently returned to as owner.

Thomas claimed he asked Town staff whether he needed a permit to bush hog, clean debris and re-landscape. He was told no.

“I don’t feel like we’ve done anything wrong … I’m fairly annoyed about it and the way this has gone down,” he added. “This is a matter of principle to me. A fight’s getting started with this when it’s not deserved.”

The Beer Board voted to postpone consideration of a beer permit until Town staff and Calibur Car Wash could come to an agreement.

The Board did award an on/off-premise beer permit to the Shrimp Dock of Farragut, 11124 Kingston Pike, but not to Border Tacos, LLC, 723 North Campbell Station Road, since that business’s application was not in order.

The Beer Board has the same members as the Board of Mayor and Aldermen but a different chairman. The new beer board elected Williams as its chair, Alderman Jeff Elliott as vice-chair and Alderman Bob Markli as secretary.

Alderman Dot LaMarche was the former chair.


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