by BRAD ROLLINS
The owners of Zelick’s Icehouse have reached a settlement agreement with neighboring Crystal River Inn, bringing apparent closure to a dispute that threatened to shut down one of the city’s most popular watering holes.
Under the agreement, bar owners Seth and Chase Katz will prohibit motorcycle parking on the premises between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.; move noisy outdoor games like horseshoes to the other side of their property; and pay $4,530 to install sound-dampening insulation on one side of the 1883 Victorian inn. They also agreed to “not operate and sound equipment” that produces sustained noise or music louder than 75 decibels, as measured from the inn’s property, between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. closing time.
In exchange, innkeepers Mike and Cathy Dillon said they would not oppose the Katz brothers’ application for a three-year conditional use permit they need from the city in order to sell and serve alcohol.
The Planning & Zoning Commission is scheduled to consider the permit renewal at its Dec. 11 meeting after twice granting temporary six-month permits in the past year. In June, commissioners approved the extension just hours before the permit was set to expire, giving the Katz brothers and the Dillons time to work out their differences.
The Katz-Dillon dispute took on a life of its own as a symbol of perennial tension between longtime San Marcos residents, Texas State students and the businesses that cater to them. Supporters and detractors of Zelick’s and Crystal River Inn lined up accordingly, with both groups crowding P&Z meetings to speak at public hearings on the permit.
The Dillons were represented in formal mediation by San Marcos attorney John McGlothlin. The Katz brothers had previously retained San Marcos attorney David Sergi.
CORRECTION 12/09/12: This story originally misspelled Cathy Dillon’s first name.Email | Print