Whidbey News-Times


Future of Oak Harbor's Element delayed again

Whidbey News-Times Co-editor
March 27, 2013 · Updated 3:06 PM

A quasi-judicial hearing to revoke the Element’s nightclub license was closed but may be reopened someday.

The Oak Harbor City Council quietly voted last week to close and terminate the public hearing, which was opened earlier this year and then continued.

Police Chief Ed Green said city staff members have a lot of work left to do on the issue before they are ready for a public hearing. The police department has collected a tremendous amount of information about the Element over the years, he said, but it wasn’t organized or categorized.

Green said the city’s insurance provider has assigned an attorney to work with the city on the issue.

In a memorandum to the mayor last year, Green wrote that city officials should consider revoking the Element’s nightclub license based on a series of violent incidents associated with the club, as well as the owner’s failure to follow a series of conditions on the license.

A nightclub license is a type of city business license and is separate from a liquor license.

The club has also been the source of a multitude of noise complaints from nearby condo residents.

According to Green, there’s “a good chance” that the revocation request will be brought back to the council in the future.


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