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County to discuss 'Da Club' property
Commission meeting moved from Tuesday to Thursday due to conflict
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The site of a recent illegal alcohol sales sting will be a topic of discussion Thursday night as Bulloch County Commissioners hear about concerns from Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.

The property on Club Road, owned by members of caretaker Annie Bellinger’s family, has been the location of two law enforcement raids in recent years. The most recent was last month when Georgia Department of Revenue Alcohol and Tobacco Division (ATD) agents and local law enforcement agencies closed “Da Pond,” a night club operating on the Bellinger property, due to illegal sale of alcohol. The raid was just before midnight Jan. 21.

Several were arrested for selling alcohol without a license, and a large quantity of bottles of liquor – pints, fifths and gallons – were seized. Anderson said the offenders sold alcohol by the bottle as well as by the mixed drink.

A club called “Club Pond” was located in the same building several years ago and was closed after ATD and local drug suppression team and sheriff’s agents raided the facility. During that raid, law enforcement agents found an assortment of illegal drugs and other contraband scattered around the property as patrons fled.

During the Jan. 21 raid, several law enforcement officials discussed a recent zoning decision regarding the property that allowed the property to be used for a night club.

Commissioners usually meet the first and third Tuesdays of a month, but this week’s meeting was rescheduled for Thursday due to a conflict with the Georgia Wild Game Supper, according to county clerk Maggie Fitzgerald.

Commissioners are also slated to discuss investment policies with Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch; approve fireworks contracts for the 2011 Swing into Spring and July 4 festivities; and address other business matters during the 5:30 p.m. meeting, which will be followed by zoning hearings.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.

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