UPDATE: Town of Hilton Head places Mickey’s Pub on notice

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A troubled Hilton Head bar has been given 30 days to clean up its act or face the consequences.

As detailed in a News 3 investigation, Mickey’s Pub has had 45 different Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office reports connected to it in the past two years.

The crimes include everything from theft to a double shooting, to a videotaped beating placed on YouTube. And just last month, three overdoses were reported inside the bar in one night.

Hilton Head Town Manager Steve Riley sent Mickey’s owner Paul Richard Townsend an official notice Wednesday titled “Re: Complaints of Criminal Activity which creates a Public Nuisance in the Town.”

READ: Complaints at Mickey’s Pub

In it, Riley details the same sheriff’s office reports News 3 investigated last week.

He also explains the Town Code section that talks about Public Nuisance Abatement, but adds that he is not declaring Mickey’s Pub a public nuisance “at this time.”

Riley has given the owner 30 days to “inform him of what steps you will take and what steps you have taken to minimize the need to call law enforcement to respond to the types of incidents mentioned above and provide for a safe environment in your business.”

Then, Riley says he will review the proposed changes and decide if he will declare it a public nuisance.

That declaration could be the first step toward closing the business down.

The town could suspend Mickey’s business license. Townsend would have to appeal that suspension to town council, which would have the final say on the business’s future.

The only other time a business in that area was shut down was back in 2010.

Club Prana was repeatedly warned for noise violations. It was eventually declared a public nuisance by the town and shut down.

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