City Councilman Dominic Mimi DiPietro, the colorful 85-year-old politician from Highlandtown, seemed to breathe a sigh of relief over the one-week liquor license suspension the city Liquor Board handed his political club.
The board imposed the suspension yesterday because about 240 juveniles participated in a drunken party at the club March 9.
After checking his calendar, DiPietro, D-1st, figured out that the suspension, which starts Sept. 28 and ends Oct. 5, would not affect the club's next monthly meeting.
"Well, that doesn't hurt," said DiPietro, who did not attend the hearing because of a meeting with constituents. "We can still give 'em [club members] the beer."
The board dismissed the most serious charge of allowing juveniles to consume alcoholic beverages on the premises. That charge was dropped because the club's liquor license was not used to sell or dispense liquor to the minors, according to Aaron L. Stansbury, the executive secretary of the board.
The suspension of the license resulted from the revelers' disorderly conduct during the party, which was held at the United Democratic Club of the 26th Ward, at 3723 Claremont Ave. in Highlandtown.
Stansbury said a one-day liquor license was not obtained by the person or persons who rented the hall for the party. The failure to obtain the one-day license is a violation of the city's liquor law.
The board ordered the club to come up with a better procedure to rent the club's hall and to have the fire department issue a crowd capacity sign.
DiPietro maintains that the party was held without his knowledge.
"It was a bunch of girls that did it [rented the hall]," said DiPietro. "They pulled the hood over our eyes. We didn't know there was gonna be a bunch of kids in there."
The violations stem from a incident in which police were called to the club about 9:40 p.m. March 9 because of a disturbance.
Officer Frederick W. Kinder Jr., of the Southeastern District, went to the club. He told the board he saw "a large crowd of juveniles estimated at about 240 and mostly between the age of 15-17" along with large quantities of beer and liquor and broken glass on the floor.
Kinder interviewed a 19-year-old woman, who identified herself as Tracy Lynn Allen, and who explained she had rented the hall from DiPietro. Kinder stopped the party and ordered everyone off the premises "because it was so overcrowded that I couldn't even walk around."