Aspen’s Fly Lounge goes to court for being loud |

Aspen’s Fly Lounge goes to court for being loud

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A two-day jury trial has been set for the owners of the Fly Lounge who are facing 10 counts of violating Aspen’s noise ordinance.

The trial, which will be held in Aspen Municipal Court with six jurors, is set for April 15. Janine Schoonover, defendant and co-owner of the club, appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty.

Jim True, the city’s special counsel, said each count carries up to $1,000 in fines.

The charges come during a tumultuous time for the nightclub.

Schoonover’s husband, Britt Swan, who owns the majority interest in the underground nightclub at 426 E. Hyman Ave., recently put the business up for sale for $1.35 million, according to two business brokerage websites.

There have been dozens of calls for service from the Aspen Police Department to the Fly Lounge during the past year, ranging from noise complaints to assaults, fights and disturbances, according to police records.

And in December, Swan replaced the majority of his staff in one night. About a half-dozen staffers showed up to work only to find out they had been replaced with a new crew. About a week before, the club’s general manager, Rob Schick, was fired.

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