Ban on selling alcohol in Granite Park comes into effect due to insurance concerns

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FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) — As of 5 p.m. Friday, Fresno Granite Park is expected to be dry. No sale or consumption of alcohol is permitted due to a round-trip insurance issue between park operator Terrance Frazier and the City of Fresno.

“What we really need is for the City of Fresno to be named as an insured person as related to all consumption and sale of alcohol on the property. It’s not in place right now,” Mayor Jerry Dyer said.

On Monday, the city attorney told Frazier they had to show proof of liability insurance that protects the city of Fresno or they couldn’t sell alcohol on the property. It came after a news conference last week where City Council member Gary Bredefeld alleged the city let it fly under the radar because Frazier was engaged to City Council member Esmeralda Soria. City Council member Mike Karbassi was on hand to support Bredefeld. He is running against Soria for a seat in the assembly.

Frazier’s attorney said the insurance they have is sufficient, but Mayor Dyer says it is not.

“Right now there can be no sale or consumption of alcohol in Granite Park, but they can continue to operate the park but without alcohol, until we find another solution, but I don’t know not what it is,” Dyer mentioned.

Dyer said the city will monitor the park to make sure no alcohol is sold. If alcohol is sold at the park, Dyer says the city council is prepared to end their lease.

“If any sales take place, they will be in breach of their lease. We will return to the closed session of the board and consider what our options are,” Dyer said.

In the meantime, Frazier and his attorneys are still pursuing a $10 million discrimination lawsuit against the city, which has been dragging on for a few years.

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