La Copa to appeal decision on music permit and dance hall license
by Chuck Hoven

(Plain Press, April 2007) La Copa Sports Bar at 2704 Clark Avenue is scheduled to appear before the Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) at 10:30 a.m. on April 30th to appeal the decision of the Commissioner of Assessments and Licenses to turn down their application for a Music Permit and a Dance Hall License. The decisions of the Commissioner of Assessments and Licenses were based on the recommendation of the City of Cleveland Safety Department. The Board of Zoning Appeals meets in Room 514 in Cleveland City Hall.

The music permit, if approved, would allow the club to operate a juke box. Special conditions on the Certificate of Occupancy for La Copa, already set in a previous Board of Zoning Appeals hearing, indicate that “no dancing or live entertainment” will be permitted in the club.

La Copa’s hearing was originally scheduled for March 26, the BOZA board granted La Copa a later hearing date so their newly hired Tremont attorney would have time to work on the case.

La Copa is also scheduled to appear in Cleveland Municipal Court on April 13th to face charges of operating without a liquor permit, operating a bottle club, and operating a dance club/night club without a permit. The charges occurred when a party was held in the building before La Copa was awarded its liquor license.


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