Attorneys for Gip's Place are supposed to call Bessemer City Hall on Monday to try to resolve issues over the hangout possibly not complying with city ordinances.
Henry "Gip" Gipson created the hang out area in 1952 and now the city says he needs a business license to operate properly.
Gip vowed to be open Saturday after police closed his place down last week. Police had said they would shut it down and enforce the law. By seven o'clock, Mr. Gip was on stage playing the blues, but outside the men in blue had set up three road blocks. They were checking ID's and insurance.
Around nine o'clock, two Bessemer police officers approached Gip's Place and asked to speak to the owner. Mr. Gip sent his attorneys instead. The officer told the attorneys the music was violating the city's 50 foot noise ordinance. The attorneys agreed to turn it down. The officer also asked the attorneys to call city hall Monday morning.
Gip's supporters say this is Alabama's last juke joint and they want to see it preserved. Law enforcement say it has become a hazard to the neighborhood.
On Saturday, all of the cars visiting Gip's Place were parked in grass and off the street. Lt. Mike Wood says that is normally not the case and it is usually a hazard in case any emergency vehicles needed to get through.
The attorneys said they would call city hall on Monday to work out some of these issues.
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