County OKs takeover of former Rum Bay

The owner of Axis Nightclub, formerly known as Rum Bay, 2993 North Ave., won conditional approval Monday from the Mesa County Commission for the transfer of a liquor license into his name.

Neal DeHaven anticipated closing on a deal to purchase the former Rum Bay nightclub either Monday or later this week. The commission, in a hearing that lasted less than five minutes, agreed to the transfer of the license upon the completion of the nightclub’s sale. The liquor license is currently in the possession of Ron Nunnery, who is selling Rum Bay to DeHaven.

“We have had some concerns with facilities out there and their impact on public safety,” said County Commissioner Craig Meis.

The commission’s concerns were alleviated somewhat by DeHaven signing an agreement with stipulations, including the proper training of staff, having proper video monitoring equipment and assurances that minors will not be served alcohol. The agreement has become a standard part of acquiring or renewing a liquor license for nightclubs in the county.

Commissioner Janet Rowland, who once publicly scolded the former managers of Rum Bay for their management of the club, did not oppose transferring the license to DeHaven.


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