A public party had signs confiscated over the weekend by Douglas County. Sheriff's Captain Eric Sellers said, "We don't let people post signs on county right of way and they're removed once we find out about them." But party sponsor Garth Fuhs is teed off. "I'm wondering why they took my signs."
Fuhs property is located just a couple of miles from the Omaha Country Club which hosted the US Senior Open the past weekend. He claims to have lost about $10,000 in cover charge fees due to golf fans not seeing his party invitation signs.
Fuhs said, "I'd call it harassment by taking down my signs." But Captain Sellers said, "We were completely fair with him and I probably went out of my way to let him know what he could and couldn't do." Fuhs was allowed to get his signs back Monday.
Fuhs admits applying too late for a liquor permit so the public had to bring their own booze. However a State Patrol Liquor Commission Investigators said that not permitted either. Sgt. Bob Elliott told Fact Finders, "Even if they're not charging, if you're open to the public and anybody can walk in there and drink whether they're bringing their own alcohol or you're selling it to them,you are to to have to have a liquor license. Elliot said he runs into that issue a few times each summer at outdoor events.
Application for a liquor permit for a public event takes 10 business days to process. If not a charity and person licensed by the liquor commission needs to be involved in the event.