Mov­ing liquor lands group in hot wa­ter

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES - STAFF RE­PORT

BELLA VISTA — Pre­par­ing for an open­ing that later was de­layed got the Prop­erty Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion into trou­ble with the Ar­kan­sas Bev­er­age Con­trol Com­mis­sion.

On June 14, two com­mis­sion en­force­ment agents in­spected the High­lands Club­house and found liquor, but no re­ceipt. An em­ployee was ques­tioned and it was dis­cov­ered the liquor had been moved from the Lake­point Res­tau­rant to the High­lands Club­house.

The club­house was set to open a snack bar with al­co­holic bev­er­ages avail­able. The ABC per­mit for the High­lands, as well as the per­mit for Lake­point, are in the name of as­so­ci­a­tion busi­ness de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Tommy Lee. As­so­ci­a­tion Gen­eral Man­ager Tom Jud­son said mov­ing the liquor was a mis­take. Em­ploy­ees were try­ing to make sure the club­house was ready to open.

Ac­cord­ing to a vi­o­la­tion re­port filed with the ABC, Lee trav­eled to Lit­tle Rock on June 9 to pick up the High­lands per­mit. June 9 was a Fri­day and Lee called an ABC en­force­ment agent and ex­plained there wouldn’t be time to ac­cept a de­liv­ery when he re­turned with the per­mit, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Lee asked if he could move al­co­hol from Lake­point to the High­lands and was told no.

On June 12, the ABC re­ceived an anony­mous call say­ing liquor was de­liv­ered from Lake­point to the High­lands.

The in­spec­tion was two days later.

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