River Run weekend liquor license denied for Oatman business
KINGMAN - There will be one less stop for bikers on the Laughlin River Run this year. Mohave County Supervisors denied a special event liquor license for Luv of Paws II, Inc. in Oatman during its meeting on Monday.
The organization had asked for a liquor license for April 26-29. The dates coincide with the Laughlin River Run, a motorcycle run through Laughlin and parts of Mohave County, including Oatman.
The Board voted unanimously to deny the license.
"What we're trying to do is give the bikers a place to congregate instead of crowding along the street," said business owner Paul McCarthy. He had contacted and received the blessing of several outside law enforcement groups, including the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, he said.
"There will probably be more law enforcement there than other groups," he said.
Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan was asked by the Board to weigh in on the situation. He said the county receives numerous requests during this time of year for special event liquor licenses, especially during the weekend of the Laughlin River Run. There are enough liquor establishments in Mohave County, he said. He added that too many special events licenses can hurt local establishments that are open year-round.
"It's been an initial burden on us to do this. Not only that, but I believe we have enough liquor being sold in this county. And the public safety issue comes to the forefront. Do we want more liquor sold on this weekend, more availability, especially on the side of the highway?" he said.
County Manager Ron Walker asked if the establishment could still serve food and soft drinks.
Sheahan said there was no problem with the establishment selling items other than liquor. The department was just trying to deal with the liquor problem that crops up every year around the Laughlin River Run weekend, he said.
"It's interesting that we do not have all these requests a week later when we have the Route 66 Run and probably a thousand cars come through this community," he said.
McCarthy said he was just asking the Board's blessing in controlling the amount of liquor in the area. He would be selling beer only and welcomed a sobriety checkpoint close by in order to control the situation. He said he was looking at opening a permanent establishment in the area in the future.
The Board denied the request, but approved a special event liquor license for the Golden Valley Chamber of Commerce Highway 68 Classic/Custom Car Show the weekend of the Laughlin Run and an interim permit liquor license for the Outpost on Highway 68 in Kingman.