Vernon council backs outdoor patio for Status Nightclub

Council OKs club patio

Vernon's mayor was the only member of council worried about noise complaints in the middle of the night as the rest of council voted Monday to allow an outdoor patio at Status Nightclub.

Council voted in support of an application to the province for a liquor primary licence for the patio.

It would be located in the parking area beside the building at 2900 29th Ave. in downtown Vernon.

Mayor Victor Cumming fretted that residents of a nearby apartment would be impacted.

“I’m just concerned about 2 in the morning. I can’t imagine being in that apartment,” said Cumming, the lone member of council to vote against it.

Cumming wondering if it was possible to limit the hours to midnight.

Coun. Scott Anderson argued that council would be “over-policing.”

And Coun. Teresa Durning wondered whether trying to limit the hours would be “overreaching.”

RCMP and bylaw staff have indicated the patio does not present any policing concerns.

There were only two concerns from neighbours, and they were over potential vandalism – not noise.

The proposed hours of liquor sales are 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., seven days per week.

The capacity of the patio would be 15 people, with a total capacity for the club of 389.

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