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Friends save man’s table as memorial


Friends of Andy Marini remove “Andy’s table” from The Sand Bar.

Friends of Andy Marini remove “Andy’s table” from The Sand Bar.

The Sand Bar in Sand Lake may have shut its doors, but a part of it lives on in a memorial to a man who felt at home there.

Andrew Giovanni Marini, 24, tragically passed away two years ago due to injuries sustained in a car accident. “Andy was a very loved friend, son and brother,” said friend Megan Wagenaar. She explained that the Sand Bar was the usual hang out for Andy and his friends to be on the weekends, and about four years ago he proclaimed the Sand Bar as his bar by carving “Andy’s bar” into one of the tabletops. “So the night after Andy’s funeral everyone went and met up at the Sand Bar. Pat and Toni Bush allowed all of us to carve our names in to the table as well, so we self-proclaimed it the Andy table. As everyone has heard, the Sand Bar closed, so all of Andy’s close friends got together in an effort to have “Andy’s table” taken out of the bar. Pat Bush said we could have the table as long as it went to someone in Andy’s family.”

Friends of Andy Marini at the benefit they held to help the family with expenses.

Friends of Andy Marini at the benefit they held to help the family with expenses.

On Friday May 16, Patrick Ottobre, Cory Frandsen, Dan Myslenski, David Westveer, Michael Bowers, Megan Wagenaar, Ashley Robinson, Leah Scott, Morgan Jantzen, and Timothy Warren all made the final walk in to the Sand Bar to remove Andy’s table and bring it home with them. The table was given to Ann, Andy’s mother.

“We wanted to make sure the table was preserved and in a safe place,” explained Wagenaar. “Andy may be gone but we still love and miss him every day.”

 

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Local bar loses liquor license


The Sand Bar in Sand Lake has closed its doors after losing its liquor licenses. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Sand Bar in Sand Lake has closed its doors after losing its liquor licenses. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Sand Lake bar that’s been in business almost 24 years will not see its 25th. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission revoked the licenses of the Lake Street Station (The Sand Bar), after a penalty hearing on May 13.

The bar, located at 38-42 S. Lake St., had the penalty hearing due to having three violations within a consecutive 24-month period. After reviewing the record of the violations and hearing arguments from owner Toni Bush, the Commission decided to revoke the licenses. They noted that since they issued the liquor licenses on October 12, 1990, the bar has been cited for multiple violations of the Michigan Liquor Control Code and Administrative Rules, including:

The Sand Bar post this sign on its door after  losing its liquor licenses. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Sand Bar post this sign on its door after losing its liquor licenses. Post photo by J. Reed.

*Issuing eight non-sufficient funds checks to the Commission for purchases of spirits totaling $3,238.45.

*Allowing credit sales for alcoholic liquor.

*Allowing gambling and gambling devices on the licensed premises.

*Allowing marijuana on the licensed premises.

*Allowing the sale, service and consumption of alcoholic liquor after the legal hour.

*Allowing the premises to be occupied after the legal hour.

*Allowing an employee to be intoxicated on the licensed premises.

*Allowing intoxicated minors to consume and loiter on the licensed premises.

*Seven (7) violations for allowing the sale of alcoholic liquor to intoxicated patrons; and allowing intoxicated patrons to consume and loiter on the licensed premises.

*The licensee, Toni Bush, was identified as the intoxicated person consuming alcoholic liquor on the licensed premises and failing to cooperate with law enforcement officials in the course of inspecting the licensed premises in an incident that occurred on July 6, 2013.

“The Commission finds that the licensee failed to demonstrate policies and procedures for prevention of selling to intoxicated patrons, and further finds that the Commission has no confidence that the licensee takes these matters seriously or would be able to prevent future violations,” wrote the MLCC.

They also found that Bush did not demonstrate the ability or willingness to ensure control over the establishment and its employees, ensure compliance with the code and rules, and prevent future violations.

The order to revoke was effective immediately, and MLCC officials were at the business last week to seize any alcohol on the premises. They revoked the business’s 2014 Class C and Specially Designated Merchant licenses with Sunday Sales Permit (P.M.), Entertainment Permit (without dressing rooms), and Dance Permit.

The building is now up for sale.

 

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