Beach Hotel open again after licence issue
UPDATE 11.30am: The Beach Hotel voluntarily closed two hours early last night at 8pm after identifying security issues with its license, general manager Elke van Haandel said.
But it's business as usual today with the issue having been resolved, Ms van Haandel said.
"Because we had identified some administrative issues with our security license and we didn't want to operate unlawfully, so we decided to play it safe and sort out the issue," she said.
Reports of intense scrutiny at the hotel by police during Schoolies were par of the course, she said.
"We only have more attention because of our size. We have police in here nearly every day. It's not unusual for us."
10am: The Byron Bay Beach Hotel yesterday afternoon voluntarily stopped serving alcohol until further notice after identifying a problem with their liquor license, according to Inspector Darren Steel from Tweed Heads police.
In a move that is likely to cost the hotel tens of thousands of dollars, Insp. Steel said they had elected to close rather than trade in contravention of their license.
He denied rumours that the hotel was raided by the Licensing Squad and shut down for not having renewed its liquor license.
It is currently not known how long the hotel will be close, how the closure will affect staff, or what, if any, impact it will have on the restaurant attached to the pub.
The Beach Hotel and Liquor Licensing have been contacted for comment.