Ronny Vargas and Alex Sauzo, owners of the Liberty Belle cruise boat, were arrested after taking 172 guests out on a cruise, without a liquor license and serving alcohol indoors, in violation of emergency coronavirus regulations, officials of the New York Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
Operating on a tip from the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, giving detail about the Liberty Belle’s cruise out of Pier 36 in Manhattan on Saturday night, deputies greeted the vessel as it pulled in at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, officials said.
The operators do not have an alcohol license and guests told deputies they were served cocktails on board, New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito told NBC News.
The ship’s owners and the event’s promoters were both arrested and each charged for allegedly violating state liquor codes and the city’s health order. They were released at about 3 a.m. on Sunday, according to Fucito.
Indoor door dining is currently barred in New York City, under emergency health codes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Of course, serving alcohol without a license is illegal as well.
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