A petition drive to stop the renewal of the liquor license of the My Place Bar & Lounge has netted 49 signatures, far more than what is required to prompt a hearing before the county liquor board.
Leaders from the Greater Odenton Improvement Association canvassed the neighborhood around the North Odenton bar over the last week seeking signatures, and said they found strong support from residents. GOIA officials, including president Joe Gorman and vice president David Tibbetts, said they are seeking closure of the bar due several incidents of violence by its patrons, among other offenses.
GOIA needed at least ten signatures from residents or business owners within close proximity of the bar for the liquor board to hold a hearing on the license renewal. The area includes a small portion of the Seven Oaks community, as well as adjacent businesses along Annapolis Road.
In November, three people were shot in the parking lot outside the bar, and an off-duty Prince George's County police officer was charged with assault in September following an alleged dispute with a tow truck driver outside the bar.
On March 22, the liquor board fined the owners of My Place $250 for several violations, including an unauthorized jukebox and poor record keeping. At that meeting, members of the liquor board said they plan to hold a special hearing to address problems at My Place and other establishments in the area commonly called "Boomtown" or "The Strip."
Before a hearing can take place, the liquor board must certify all signatures by checking to ensure the signees live within a short distance to My Place.
GOIA President Joe Gorman said the group is now working on its own to verify the validity of signatures to ensure they will pass muster with the liquor board.