As a result, Water Street must cease any and all offerings of public entertainment until the necessary licenses have been obtained by the club. The venue has 10 days to appeal the decision.
“As required by the code of the city of Rochester, an investigation of your Renewal Application for an Entertainment Center License has been conducted,” the city stated in a letter to the club’s owner, Anthony Marsocci. “That investigation showed that there are justifiable concerns regarding your ability to operate in compliance with all state and local laws. …This investigation revealed violations of the code of the city of Rochester, and the police chief’s rules and regulations which significantly impact the public’s safety and welfare.”
According to the city, fights, gunshots fired, and the club’s inability to control its patrons during events held at the club, have contributed to the decision.
“You, your agents and/or employees have repeatedly failed to maintain good order at the premises, and have violated local laws and the chief’s rules and regulations,” the letter stated. “Thus, the License Investigation Unit has no alternative but to recommend to the chief of police that your application for an entertainment center license be denied.”
The decision has reportedly put several of Water Street’s upcoming events in jeopardy, including a show scheduled for this weekend.
Water Street officials have not yet been available for comment on the matter.