Dirty Iguana, Coasters cited for violations

The owners of two Macon nightclubs have been cited for operating a business without a license and selling alcohol without a license, according to Macon police.

The owner of Dirty Iguana, 543 Plum St., was cited June 3, according to a Macon police report released Thursday.

Sgt. Mike Kenirey said the report wasn’t released until the investigation was complete.

Vila Yang Ming, the owner of Coasters, 3076 Riverside Drive, was cited June 5, he said.

Kenirey said officers conducted the checks based on complaints from residents.

J. Jin, manager at Coasters, said the club applied to renew its licenses on time, but the licenses weren’t renewed because of an error.

The city “didn’t put the application in,” he said.

Coasters reopened June 6 and resumed serving alcohol, Jin said.

The club held valid licenses in 2008, Kenirey said.

Manish Patel, owner of Dirty Iguana, said he didn’t know the club wasn’t properly licensed until officers arrived.

“I thought the manager had taken care of it,” Patel said. “It was a misunderstanding on my part, and as soon as I found out, I took care of it.”

Fees to renew the club’s business license were paid later June 3, according to the Macon business license office. The alcohol license was renewed Wednesday, according to the office.

Patel said the club reopened on the Saturday following the officers’ visit.

Dirty Iguana held a business license and alcohol license in 2008, according to the business license office.

Businesses are required to renew business and alcohol licenses by April 1 of each calendar year.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.