The Lincoln City Council reluctantly recommended approval of the transfer of ownership of the Nauti Mermaid Bar and Bistro, at 1343 Highway 101, to a gentleman from the valley, saying they hope the new owner will be a good neighbor. Police records show a number of complaints about the Nauti Mermaid from neighbors going back quite a ways. One neighbor told the council that the bar has been loud and rowdy; patrons outside the bar even frightening his wife. He also made a contention about some patron behavior that has no place being described on a “G” rated news website.
The council was told that the new owner is from the Willamette Valley and has a good record running a tavern in a small town over there. Clerk Recorder Cathy Steere said she received a letter from him saying he couldn’t attend the council meeting but that he intends to run a good clean neighborhood establishment if the council goes along and recommends approval of the sale and transfer of the facility’s liquor license by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).
The council was told by their city attorney that although the OLCC has final say on all this, the council could temper their endorsement of the sale and license transfer by including some of the statements made before the council as well as copies of complaints filed with the Lincoln City Police Department alleging a long history of loud music as well as unruly patrons outside the establishment.
The council voted to do just that. They recommended to the OLCC that they approve the transfer of ownership and the liquor license to the prospective new owner. The vote also included instructions to the city attorney and city manager to come up with a city ordinance that establishes a legal procedure that the council could use to recommend denial of an application which it does not currently have on the books.