Around the Scene: January 21, 2010

Residents in the nightclub-heavy neighborhood of El Copo in Torre del Mar, Spain, are finally being rewarded for dealing with years of noise disturbance generated by area nightclubs. A Supreme Court ruling found that between 1990 and 2003, area residents could measure noise as high as 120 decibels in their homes when the maximum permitted by law was only 30 decibels. Residents will divide almost $3 million in compensation, with each of the 18 residents pocketing $156,000.

One of Washington, D.C.’s top nightlife venues, Love Nightclub, is closed until it meets conditions set forth by the ABC or is sold, after a string of violent incidents occurred in a short span of time. The ABC requires Love operators to submit a plan that includes training security staff and other personnel, hiring a general manager, and listing any other changes such as interior and exteriors, dress codes and marketing and promotions, The Washington Post reported. The newspaper obtained a letter sent to Love owner Marc Barnes from the ABC, which stated: “The establishment has a history of five incidents in the last 18 months where serious injury resulted. The number of serious events in a very short time period establishes that regardless of the reaction of the establishment, the presence of the establishment is an imminent danger to the health and welfare of the community if they were to be allowed to remain open." This is the first time Love Nightclub has been forced to close by officials.

Love Nightclub

A federal judge in Rhode Island has approved a $176 million settlement for victims of the deadly 2003 Station Nightclub fire that took the lives of 100 club-goers and left another 200 victims burned and scarred both mentally and physically. The amount is being paid by 65 defendants who agreed to settle rather than face a lengthy jury-trial process. The court also approved a report outlining how the settlement should be divided, noting that those who suffered the worst burns would receive higher payouts.

Station Nightclub

As Tiger Woods continues to hide out and the public continues to wonder how his cavorting ways weren’t revealed sooner, Pink Elephant owner Rocco Ancarola told The Daily Telegraph what many in the industry already knew: As with other major celebrities and bottle-poppers, there is an industrywide reluctance to talk about some of nightlife’s most popular and wealthy customers, especially when they are up to no good. "We in the business do that without thinking about it," he said. "You tend to protect the celebrities."

Just for the record, even Vegas industry locals were appalled when word hit the street that America’s most-infamous gate crashers, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, were hosting a party at PURE Nightclub. PURE spokesperson Michael Gilmartin told the Canadian Press that the pair was receiving flights, accommodations, dinner and an undisclosed amount of cash to appear at the party. We’re not sure who really wanted to party with a 40-plus couple whose 15 minutes are surely fleeting, but this certainly isn’t the PURE Nightclub of yesteryear either. All of a sudden Jon Gosselin doesn’t look like such a terrible booking.

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