Fat Kat Lounge complaints dates back to 1992

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News has uncovered what appears to be a history of issues for a nightclub in Jacksonville's Murray Hill neighborhood.

We asked the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation for a list of liquor license complaints filed against the Fat Kat Lounge in the 1100 block of Edgewood Ave.

The lounge was the scene of five shootings in a single night last month. One person died and four others were injured.

Right now, the state is in the process of responding to our request, but a spokeswoman has already said the complaints date back to 1992.

What is unclear is if the complaints are tied specifically to Fat Kat Lounge and its owner, if they are tied to businesses that have previously operated at its current location or if they are tied to any of its owner's past businesses.

Once the records are made available to us, we will be sure to update this story in detail.

Meanwhile, Jacksonville City Councilman Jim Love is holding a public meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday to address nightclub safety and security.

Police, business owners and residents are all expected to be in attendance. Love's office said the end game is not necessarily new legislation.

A spokesman said the councilman is looking at all options, including what other cities across the U.S. have done, before making any final recommendations.

But Len Burroughs, the Vice-President of the Murray Hill Preservation Association, told us tougher restrictions for nightclubs like Fat Kat Lounge are needed.

"People don't need to die," he said.

Burroughs said Murray Hill neighbors and businesses are worried the violence will hurt future growth and the area's image. He said it appears the club's owner just appears pre-occupied with making money.

He said, "Unfortunately, the owner of the business will take no responsibility. He's making money and that's all there is too it."

First Coast News attempted to reach a representative from the business, but our calls were not returned.


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