Store keeps liquor license

Debra Studebaker’s liquor store is open for business, much to the chagrin of Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland.

Studebaker’s store, Monument Village Liquor, 2148 Broadway, has had three liquor violations in the last four years. In March 2005 and earlier this year, it was caught selling alcohol to minor in undercover operations. In December 2006, the owner was cited for drinking on premises with a minor who was also an employee,  according to Mesa County records.

On Monday, Steve Acquafresca and Craig Meis voted in favor of renewing Studebaker’s liquor license. Rowland voted against renewing the license.

Studebaker said she would make sure employees check identification for anyone who looks under the age of 30. She took the same approach last time she was before the commission in 2007.

“To me it is a pattern of disregard for the law,” Rowland said after the meeting.

Meis said he needed to hear from state officials who conducted the sting before he would vote to close a business. He also said the recent violation was nowhere nearly as serious as the December 2006 incident. If it were, Meis said, “no question” the business would have been closed.

If the store is cited for any violation, Studebaker will have an immediate hearing before the commission and will have to prove why she should be allowed to keep her liquor license.

“That sends a firm message,” Acquafresca said.


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