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Birmingham council committee could revoke 3 business licenses

Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC

The Birmingham City Council's Public Safety Committee is discussing possibly revoking three business licenses for VIP Spa, Continental Ballroom and Foxx Trap Strip Club.

The committee has already recommended shutting down VIP Spa and Continental Ballroom. The Continental Ballroom holds teen parties and there have been shootings there.

Officials say the business lost its license in 2010 but was able to get it back in 2013. Councilor Jay Roberson wants to know how the city can close loopholes that allow "venues of violence" to reopen.

The owner of Foxx Trap Strip Club tells councilors he does all he can to deter and prevent crime. A Birmingham Police lieutenant says the club has had multiple violations, including serving alcohol to a minor.

The owner says he fired some bartenders and managers after that incident.

"They've doubled security on the outside. He's going to be on the door to make sure, if he can, that no one that's not supposed to be in there comes in there. The operators of that business are trying very hard," Izas Bahakel, the attorney for the Foxx Trap owner, said.

The club was loosely involved in another police investigation. In January, police say that some exotic dancers involved in an attempted robbery and shooting and a Fairfield hotel met their alleged victims at the club. The Foxx Trap owner says the women did not work at his business.

"What happens at some other part of the city should not be sent to a club, saying it's the club's fault," Bahakel said.

Two people with the Smithfield Neighborhood Association say they have no problems with the venue.

The committee will delay making any vote on the Foxx Trap's business license until May 5. As for the VIP Spa and Continental Ballroom, the full city council could vote on revoking their licenses Tuesday.

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