If you didn't know better, you'd think this Journal & Courier article about the Lafayette, Indiana mayor refusing a bar a liquor license is nothing more than a local story about trying to keep the riffraff out of the downtown area. That is, until you realize that it's the town's only gay bar that's being refused - a fact left out of the story unless you read between the lines. (emphasis mine)
An attempt to move the Zoolegers nightclub to a new downtown location has met opposition from a number of nearby property owners and Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski.
...the mayor has declined to include a letter supporting the request, which is a vitally important part of the process to get one of the liquor licenses aimed at spurring the number of restaurants and nightspots in downtown Lafayette and West Lafayette.
Roswarski reacted after receiving a petition that was circulated among property owners and businesses in the area of Sixth and Main streets, including people who live directly to the north in The Cracker Factory condominiums.
"Part of the application process is to get a letter from the mayor. It's an important part. Without the letter, they won't get the license," Roswarski said. "I chose not to send the letter. I don't think it's the right fit for people who live next door.
The petition presented to the mayor said issuing the riverfront liquor license could or would increase noise in the area from patrons and music, increase trash on the sidewalk and lead to patrons smoking and blocking the sidewalk while loitering near doorways.
The petition also warned of the possibility of increased graffiti and vandalism on the front of the building and in the condo garden alleyway and said the development might cause harassment of residents and people visiting other businesses as they park on Sixth Street.
City officials cannot remember an application for the $1,000 liquor license being turned down in the past.
Twenty-six other licenses have been issued to bars, nightclubs, and restaurants for the riverfront area. So let me see if I've got this "straight"...