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Business License Revocation of Atlantis: What Business Owners Need to Know When Enforcing Safety

Entrepreneurship is strongly encouraged in the bustling economy of the City of Birmingham. Growing trends from pastry artists and food truck business owners to entertainment lounge and festival promoters, all have a stake in offering Birmingham and surrounding residents a flavor filled taste of the south.

Businesses that provide entertainment are required to provide a safe environment for citizens in accordance with the City of Birmingham Special Retail and Dance Permits Ordinances. When businesses fail to comply with the regulations of the ordinances, the Public Safety Committee often takes measures to ensure compliance by sending warning regulations and eventually revoking business licenses. However, further consequences will follow when business owners go too far with relaxed regulations that promote indecent events, ultimately resulting in crime infested neighborhoods.

Owner of Atlantis Event and Entertainment Center, Daniel Woo found out firsthand what this means during this past Tuesday’s Birmingham City Council Meeting when the Birmingham City Council voted to revoke his business license and rescind Resolutions No. 226-12 for a Special Retail Liquor License and Resolution No. 227-12 for a Division I Dance Permit.

As Birmingham police detective Ralph Patterson detailed a dozen reports taken near Atlantis Entertainment & Event Center, located at 4016 Avenue I, in the span of six months all ranging from vehicle break-ins to shootings; Mr. Woo, yet insisted that safety was a priority for he and his staff and the community need not consider his entertainment establishment a nuisance.

“He has to decide what he wants to do as far as serving as a reputable business owner,” Councilor Hoyt, Chair of the Public Safety Committee said. “If his business is flourishing at the expense of the quality of life for our constituents, he needs a change of plans.”

The Public Safety Committee Meeting is held every third Monday at 4 p.m. in the Birmingham City Council Chambers. For business license requirements and information, contact the Office of Councilor Steven Hoyt at 205.254.2304.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Morrow (chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.