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Dothan nightclub shut down after commission vote

DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — A Dothan nightclub has closed its doors after an overwhelming commission vote revoked its licenses needed to operate this week.

The Dothan City Commission voted Tuesday morning 4-1 to revoke the alcohol license and deny the 2024 business license for the Pearl Lounge and Grill.

Because of this decision, the club has temporarily closed its doors, but the owners can reapply for a business license later.

The business’s future was recently questioned after city officials said complaints about noise, late-night crowds, fights in the parking lot, and criminal activity poured in.

Almost a year ago, 51-year-old Roger Felder was shot to death in the parking lot of the club.

Dothan Police say Felder was trying to be a good Samaritan and stop a fight between a group inside the club.

In February, Dothan Manager Kelvin Cowper said that, along with the various complaints, the business operated solely as a nightclub and not a restaurant, which was not authorized.

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