NP City Council Shoots Down Sculley’s Shooters Hours Extension Request

Posted 9 months ago

By Scott Carlson

liquor-salesA North Platte bar did not get the support of the North Platte City Council in its request for an extension on liquor sales for a special event.

Under Nebraska State law, licensed liquor establishments are allowed to sell alcohol until 1:00 a.m.  However, an establishment can serve liquor until 2:00 a.m. with the approval of a special permit by the local governing body.

On Tuesday night, the North Platte City Council voted not to grant this privilege to a local bar.

Sculley’s Shooters, in North Platte, had applied for an extension on hours for an upcoming event featuring the bands “Saliva,” “Crashing Broadway” and “Dollarhyde” on August 3.

The City Council chose not to send a favorable recommendation to the Nebraska Commission.

The Community Connections Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has voiced concern that the extension would make it easier for establishments to be granted approval, and would therefore lead to people consuming more alcohol.

The Council vote was 7-1, with Councilman Brook Baker being the only vote in favor of the extension.

 


  • yikes

    Good! Maybe if thy started the bands earlier instead of at 11pm or later, they wouldn’t need the extension.

    Current score: 13
    • doh!

      Rockstars dont start early so they can finish early! its a freaking Rock concert! If the musics too loud or playing too late maybe u need to stay home & grow old in peace!

      Current score: 3
      • yikes

        Actually. I do go to shooters and the other bars around town…I’m 25.. so its not the loud music or the “growing old” I just dont see how staying open til 2am benefits anyone but the bar for money. Start the bands a bit earlier and they’ll be done by 1.. that’s all I’m saying.

        Current score: 1
    • Not Again!

      I agree, Yikes!

      Current score: 1
  • big bad

    brook just wanted more drinking time for himself

    Current score: 9
  • Ethanol man

    Great idea! Sometimes 20 beers just isn’t enough!

    Current score: 5
  • Val

    Look – whether the bar closes at 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. or 11 p.m. or 8 p.m., the people that are irresponsible are still going to be irresponsible no matter what time the doors close. A special permit for one night is not going to create havoc in the little burg of North Platte.

    Current score: 27
  • questionable

    I agree with yikes, start the event at a decent time and you don’t need special dispensations,

    Current score: 5
    • Shep

      10 a.m. is a reasonable hour. Can you imagine the howling if Shooters started the party then?

      Current score: 7
      • Not Again!

        10am is not a reasonable hour, neither is 10pm.
        How about 8pm or even 9 pm?

        Current score: 0
  • The White Jesus

    So…. Buy four drinks at 10 minutes to one?

    Current score: 3
  • D.S.

    So why was it ok to buy beer at the kid rock concert at 130? Because that was a city run event?

    Current score: 9
    • PB

      In reality it was a Nebraskaland Days event, not a city event, But you know how the old boys network works, I’ll scratch your back you scratch mine.

      Current score: 3
  • bigtroubleinlittlenp

    If you’re going to drive home drunk then it doesn’t matter what time it is. And the extra hour of bar time does mean that people are going to drink more. But how much more does the CCSAPC think a person will drink in that extra hour? It’s not like a person will put their mouth on the keg tap and suck it dry. We’re all adults here who can make our own decisions.

    Current score: 5
  • me

    The city council just threw away a bunch money from the extra DUI costs. Also shooters has the drunk taxi service.

    Current score: 1
  • Just Me

    Chances are the state will still ok it, the city actually denies a lot of applications & the state still lets it happen…

    Current score: 0
    • bigtroubleinlittlenp

      Whenever the subject of allowing bars to stay open past 1 is brought up so many people use the “out on the roads killing someone” line. When was the last time someone was killed in a drunk driving accident in N.P.? The last one I can remember involved a drunk driver who was a minor. I’m honestly asking, is there a huge number of people who are killing other people when they leave the bar that we just aren’t hearing about? I’ve seen folks who are falling down drunk at 8pm who leave the bar and get in their vehicle to drive home so the extra hour won’t change anything. It’s just fear of change and a governmental body controlling it’s citizens through unfounded statistics and conjecture.

      Current score: 14
      • bigtroubleinlittlenp

        sorry that was meant to go in the overall comment section

        Current score: 2
  • chris

    if you can’t get drunk enough in the hours allotted leave a bottle or 6 pack at home, you don’t belong on the road to kill someone, and frankly scully’s doesn’t try in any way to accommodate disabled people, the manager made that quite clear!

    Current score: 3
  • bigtroubleinlittlenp

    Whenever the subject of allowing bars to stay open past 1 is brought up so many people use the “out on the roads killing someone” line. When was the last time someone was killed in a drunk driving accident in N.P.? The last one I can remember involved a drunk driver who was a minor. I’m honestly asking, is there a huge number of people who are killing other people when they leave the bar that we just aren’t hearing about? I’ve seen folks who are falling down drunk at 8pm who leave the bar and get in their vehicle to drive home so the extra hour won’t change anything. It’s just fear of change and a governmental body controlling it’s citizens through unfounded statistics and conjecture.

    Current score: 1
    • ^^^thisguysanidiot

      You’re absolutely correct, we don’t hear enough about people being killed by drunk drivers in this town, we should do what we can to get that number up there…. you sir are a moron. Take a look at the Hot Sheets that this town advertises every way they can like it’s a badge of honor to be a part of, drunk driving is one of the most common crimes listed, but you are correct, lets do what we can to get more people, more drunk to see if we can increase our kill ratio for drunk driving. Idiot.

      Current score: 9
      • bigtroubleinlittlenp

        I’m the idiot? You think that an extra hour at the bar is going to make everyone a booze crazed psycho behind the wheel. And according to your rant the Hot Sheets are full of people being arrested for DUI. That’s great, it means the cops are doing their jobs and catching drunk drivers. If Shooters stayed open until 2 then that means the police can continue to do their job for another hour instead of sitting at the station house playing solitare or catching a quick nap.Or even better, after the police catch the usual drunk drivers they pull over after the other bars close at one, they can focus their efforts on one bar at two and up their numbers of DUI arrests. And by the way getting people more drunk to increase the kill ratio is just assinine. By saying that you make it sound like as long as you’re only a little drunk you can drive, but an extra drink or two at the end of the night will push it way over the edge.Drunk driving is drunk driving regardless of what time you leave the bar idiot.

        Current score: 3
        • ^^^thisguysanidiot

          Yes, I stand by my first conclusion, you sir are an idiot, I believe I also referred to you as a moron, again I stand my ground. I think you stating we should allow two waves of drunk drivers to hit the road so the police can up their numbers in DUI arrests proves my point quite well. I for one I don’t believe that drunk driving is a game of cops and robbers, real lives are at stake, and yes by allowing people even one more hour of drinking can have an effect on one’s driving. It sounds to me that you are willing to take the chance of someone’s life, be it an innocent person on the road, a passenger, or the person drinking and driving themselves, as long as it increases your time at the bar….

          Current score: 0
  • Hugh Ánus

    Like Joe said on the news the other night. Its all about him making $. Pure n simple

    Current score: 4
  • Russ L Simmons

    Yes there are sure a lot of DUI’s in this little town of NP, but mainly because if your out after 1 you can bet your ass if you pass by a Cop, Sheriff, or State Patrol and there is no one else on the road in the area, you are going to be followed. From there its really simple to get pulled over; 1mph over the speed limit, just barley crossing the line on either side of the road, flicking a cig butt out the window, ect ect. Then your pulled over and chances are very likely that even if you only had 1 beer 2 hours ago, the authority figure that pulled you over WILL smell liquor and initiate a field sobriety test. Even if you pass that with flying colors, you will likely fail the breath test. And by some miracle you pass both of those, they will search your vehicle over just to make sure they arent missing any open containers or any kinds of plants…

    Driving drunk is not a smart idea however there will be NO AFFECT on the number of drunk drivers on the road no matter if the bar stays open an hour longer or not, plain and simple. That extra hour is not going to turn a someone that has been sober all night to a drunk slob. Likely the only people that would even enjoy the extra hour of drinking are the ones that are already drunk! Just our city council “people” showing their age…Once some new faces replace the old bags that are their for the most part now, things like this will start to change – for the BETTER finally.

    Current score: 6
    • me

      We got a few new faces last election. Only one voted for the 2 am closing.

      Current score: 2
  • snapple

    To me it sounds as if BAKER is the only one that votes what the majority of people in his neighborhood want. He is doing the right thing, not what he thinks is right, like the rest of the ROBOTS.

    Current score: 9
  • FNP Loser

    How is Shooters staying open till 2 going to benefit any of you beside Joe ? Get a life and move on!

    Current score: 3
  • Val

    That damned Joe — going off and running a business, hiring people to run it, hiring musicians, drawing people to the community that’ll drop a few bucks. What an a**.

    Current score: 4
  • TS

    I’m just going to say staying open until 2 am isn’t going to cause little ol North Platte any harm… Omaha and Lincoln bars stay open until 2 all the time. It makes those cities a lot of money. It’s not such a bad idea..

    Current score: 0