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STOCKTON, CA - The Mile Wine Company, which opened in late September, is one of a handful of businesses that serves alcohol on the Miracle Mile.

A month and a half before the wine bar/bistro opened, Stockton resident Lori Moreno filed a complaint protesting the business's request for a liquor license. In the complaint,Moreno stated her concerns, "business establishments on the Miracle Mile who have or want an alcoholic beverage license do not belong in a residential neighborhood," and added, "their customers disrupt the neighborhood."

Morenoalso said in the complaintbusinesses serving alcohol bring people who make noise until 2 a.m. She indicated such a business may also increase the crime rate.

News10 went to talk to Moreno about her complaint Tuesday night. No one answered the door.

"The complaints are unwarranted. This is the kind of establishment Stockton and Miracle Mile needs for a long time," customer Rob Wooton said.

"It brings vitality back to this neighborhood that few years ago was really missing," customer Cathy Dawson said.

"This is a great concept, a great thing for the city, a great thing for this community," wine bar/bistro owner Paul Marsh said.

Marsh said he's doing everything he can to accommodate Moreno and be a good neighbor, even changing his hours to close at 10 p.m.

He has received 110 letters of support from merchants and neighbors so far. He'll be going before the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in January for a hearing.

By Suzanne Phan, sphan@news10.net

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