SBIC apologizes for bar allegations

February 12, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The largest community organization in South Baltimore, an unrepentant fighter against local bars, apologized this week to a Federal Hill tavern it had accused of trying to influence a zoning board decision.

The South Baltimore Improvement Committee (SBIC) voted Tuesday night to send a letter of regret to Mother's, a bar and grill on Charles Street. Board members had suggested publicly that Mother's operators, among other things, contributed $25 to the political campaign of SBIC's former president, William Prohaska.

But residents said Tuesday that the allegation was unfair and that they didn't like personal attacks.

The apology occurred during a three-hour community meeting that exposed bitter personal and political divisions in the group. Some members wanted to impeach their president; the new vice president -- in office a week -- resigned, the third neighborhood leader to quit in two weeks.

Disgusted with the in-fighting, SBIC treasurer Linda Fitzpatrick suggested dissolving the group and starting over. Her motion was defeated.

Pub Date: 2/12/99

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