Following several incidents with the popular drug “Molly” over the summer, The Ocean Club has agreed to cancel its remaining concert for the season and to create a safety plan for any possible future events.
The move came after police urged the club to cancel the event following 12 overdoses at the club between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Police announced Wednesday that eight people were arrested. Three more complaints are pending.
The club had already closed for the season, and after meeting with Quincy Police Thursday morning, the club agreed to cancel its Sept. 20 event. If the club reopens, a safety plan will be enacted.
“They have agreed to meet with us in an open dialogue and make sure we’re satisfied with whatever plan we have going forward,” said Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan.
Club manager Tim Collins did not respond to requests for comment.
According to Keenan, construction on a massive residential complex is scheduled to begin in the spring where the Ocean Club is located. The development may mean that the club will never reopen.
“If for some reason construction is delayed or wouldn’t happen, the agreement is if they are going to open next spring, they will meet with us … and we will form a safety and security plan to make sure patrons are safe and we’ll have fail-safes in place to make sure summers go as [they] should.”
Christopher Walker, spokesman for Mayor Thomas Koch, said the agreement makes sense, especially because the club would have faced Licensing Board review if it decided to open for their last summer event.
“The chief was prepared to go forward with the Licensing Board with some issues. From a legal perspective, that takes this off the table,” Walker said.
A Licensing Board hearing may still be in the cards, but Keenan said he does not plan to bring the club in for a review.
“What’s going on in society with the Molly, could they have prevented it? I don’t know. But we’re looking into it,” Keenan said. “So far the managers or owner of the Ocean Club has been very cooperative. We met with him today and he could not have been more cooperative.”
Even if the club does not reopen, maintaining the liquor license would be important, Keenan said.
The license can be transferred to another purpose within the marina. The Licensing Board would have to see a proposal for a new use before the license could switch hands.
The drug incidents have sparked a larger response within Quincy to the drug, though officials feel the users were limited to the Ocean Club.
“The police chief and Licensing Board will do some education with bar owners, club owners to make sure they are doing everything they can to keep this out of their establishments, but we don’t see this as an escalating issue,” Walker said.