DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Emotions were high at this week’s commission meeting as city leaders voted 5-to-1 to revoke the business license of the Blue Martini Bar known as the hookah lounge.

“I was shocked and in disbelief with the amount of evidence we had and the number of people backing us,”

“I think the city was left with no choice they went by the law and unfortunately for the business owner he will have to shut down,” Beth Hemby said.

Hemby who lives in the Emerald Lake neighborhood across the street from the plaza says she and other neighbors have been dealing with loud music coming from the club and parking lot for 2 years.

But she said that’s not the worst of it.

“After 2 a.m. you hear the constant loud cars going down streets they don’t need to go down unless they live there and then we heard gunshots,” She said.

But Carter said he can’t control what happens outside of his doors or after the club closes.

In fact, Carter claims he has over 70 signatures on a petition from the emerald lake neighborhood stating the bar has not been a disturbance.

He’s even made changes to the bar to keep any kind of trouble away from his business.

“I repurchased new audio systems, rearranged them, and hired new and more security,” Carter said.

But the measures he has taken are now useless as this decision has become a financial burden — he’s in two leases he cant break totaling over $50,000.

“What ima do next what happened to all the bills, all the liquor I spent, all the investments,” He said.

The owner called the hearing unfair and plans to appeal the decision at a later date.

But as of now, he says the Blue Martini Bar known as the hookah lounge will remain open a little while longer — at least for the weekend.