Oceanside's Firewater Saloon owner loses alcohol license

Posted at 5:21 PM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 20:21:59-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) — An Oceanside bar's alcohol license has been suspended because of what police say are frequent problems causing a drain on resources.

Firewater Saloon, just steps from the Oceanside Pier, is facing a loss of its ability to serve customers. The owner's alcohol license was suspended by California Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Tuesday after police and ABC say repeated problems with conduct have gone unresolved.

"This location is causing so much crime or creating law enforcement problems that it's a drain on police resources," Jennifer Hill, an Alcohol Beverage Control supervisor, said. "And the daily function is causing a disorderly location."

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According to ABC, the suspension is a result of disorderly activity originating from the bar, such as fights, public drunkenness, and disturbing the peace. The agency cites that police have responded to numerous incidents from December 2016 to July 2018, so much so that it has created a drain on police resources.

Alicia Breton, the bar's owner, says she has tried to work with Oceanside Police and feels "betrayed" by the outcome.

"I was told when I purchased the bar that the police would be working with me to better this area and instead it's definitely just been a pushback," Breton said. "I feel betrayed."

Breton must now transfer the license to another person or persons within the next 180 days of the license will be revoked.

She told 10News she doesn't have the money to fight ABC on the suspension, and even if she did, the city could step in and pull her license anyway.