Rendezvous Banquet Hall closed by Prince George's County
Another Prince George's County nightclub that was deemed to be a danger to the community has been padlocked by Prince George's County authorities.
In the latest move during a months-long crackdown on clubs that are deemed a threat to community safety, county police and fire officials shut down the Rendezvous Banquet Hall in Beltsville on Thursday.
Rendezvous, which is located at 10207 Southard Drive in Beltsville, was also issued civil citations totaling $20,000 in fines and three $250 citations from the Department of Environmental Resources.
Several nightclubs and banquet halls in Prince George's County have been shut down as part of a county push to stem the tide of violence that surrounds some of them and curtail financial irregularities at others. In May, the county filed criminal charges against seven clubs for failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes.
In January, the operators of MSG, a Capitol Heights night club, pleaded guilty to running an illegal dance hall. The club was shut down several months after an Aug. 8, 2011 shooting that killed 20-year-old Jasmine Banks.
Officials said in May that they credit a 40 percent drop in homicides in part to the night club crackdown.