Judge orders adult club to pay city of Doraville nearly $2 million for violating alcohol ordinance

DORAVILLE, Ga. — A DeKalb County judge has ordered a nightclub to pay nearly $2 million to the city of Doraville after ruling that it was in contempt of court.

The city of Doraville has a city ordinance that prohibits any person — whether an employee or patron — from possessing, using or consuming alcohol on the premises of a sexually oriented business.

The Oasis Goodtime Emporium challenged a city of Doraville ordinance in 2015 after it was cited for violating the ordinance, but was rejected by the Georgia Supreme Court. The Oasis continued to violate the ordinance daily even after being ordered to stop.

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In the ruling handed down June 17, the court ordered Oasis to pay the city of Doraville $1.89 million.

“This amount reflects the $10,000 per day fine Oasis has continued to accrue for its violations of previous court orders entered in March 2016 and in March 2018,” the city said in a news release.

“Again and again, over the last 7 years, Oasis has filed numerous frivolous appeals; and just as consistently, the appellate courts court have rejected those appeals,” said Doraville Mayor Joseph Geierman. “This month, once again, the Georgia Supreme Court and the Superior Court ruled in Doraville’s favor. It’s time for Oasis to stop fighting this losing battle, to stop wasting everyone’s time, and to comply with City ordinances upheld years ago.”

Oasis has appealed the latest rulings and has paid a $500,000 bond to keep fighting the case on appeal.

Another ruling by the court said if Oasis violates Doraville’s alcohol code in the future, the business may be closed by the city.

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