The Blue Coyote faces alleged ordinance violations

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – City Council met Friday, April 30, 2020 in a special called meeting to appoint a Hearing Officer that will oversee a case involving the possible “suspension and revocation of an occupational tax certificate allowing for the sale of alcoholic beverages”.

Blue Ridge Municipal Court Judge Robert Sneed will be put in place as the hearing officer.

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City Council meets to instate Hearing Officer.

Council members were unable to speak on the specifics of the case, with Mayor Donna Whitener telling press, “All questions on the matter will have to be directed to the hearing officer.”

The case is presumably involving the City of Blue Ridge vs. The Blue Coyote, a restaurant in the Commercial Business District of Blue Ridge.

Recent events at the Blue Coyote have caused complaints from citizens, along with allegations of the establishment being in violation of numerous sections of the City’s Alcohol Ordinance.

One issue that has been discussed on previous occasions, not only of the Blue Coyote but of neighboring businesses, is violation of the noise ordinance due to live amplified music. The Blue Coyote, however, has not received a citation from the City on the matter.

The most recent issue that could be cause for the hearing involves an altercation that took place between patrons of The Blue Coyote. That altercation which took place in April continued outside of the establishment onto City property according to sources.

Currently several businesses in Fannin County are supporting a petition that is circulating to save The Blue Coyote from possible penalties of the hearing. 

The hearing is set to take place in May but could see delays if requested by either legal party.

Sneed will ultimately decide the fate of the establishment. If found to be in violation of the City’s Alcohol Ordinance, several possibilities of penalties are on the table for The Blue Coyote. These penalties range from a fine, to a probation period where no other violations may occur, to the possible revocation of the occupational tax certificate allowing for the sale of alcoholic beverages.

 

Featured Image courtesy of Fannin County Chamber of Commerce website.

4 Comments

  1. Diane May 4, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    The only reason they want to do this is because the wine bar and the new bar at Hampton in will have competition…. Greed runs so deep here they would put a.vusiness out that would take business away from them… Smh.. This needs to go before the state not local…

  2. Dean May 5, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Excessive noise, drunks walking in the middle of the road, very rude tourist, etc now plague our once peaceful and beautiful Blue Ridge. I guarantee not one involved is originally from Fannin.

  3. Jeannie May 5, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    We moved to Blue Ridge 5 years ago and have many negative changes. No one seems to pay attention to the laws. Our family no longer shops in the downtown area because of rude people. All 5 years we have lived here, taxes have gone up considerably. No longer the place most folks are used to.

  4. David Rodé May 6, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Steve Willis, owner of The Blue Coyote is one of the premier food and beverage professionals in the country. He bought the restaurant two years ago and put his heart, soul and money, totally reimagining it as one of North Georgia’s only live venues; featuring regional and local bands, an excellent kitchen staff, menu, full bar and fun atmosphere. It would be a tragic loss for downtown Blue Ridge, GA to lose The Blue Coyote over this nonsense.

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