Captain and Owners Arrested for Liberty Belle Booze Cruise off Pier 36
The captain and owners of a popular Manhattan party boat were arrested for defying coronavirus social distancing mandates and embarking on a crowded cruise, authorities said Sunday.
Shortly after 8:00pm Saturday night, the Liberty Belle, a four-story river boat with a capacity of 600 people, left Pier 36 (Basketball City) for a booze cruise. More than 170 passengers were partying on board, and not adhering to city and state social distancing guidelines.
When the river boat docked two hours later at Pier 36, the New York City Sheriff’s department was waiting. Officers arrested the two promoters hosting the Liberty Belle party, Ronny Vargas and Alex Sauzo, and issued desk appearance tickets to appear in court. They also arrested the captain, Joseph Spadaro, and slapped him with a summons.
Officers also found liquor that had been served on board despite the boat not carrying an active liquor license.
8/1/2020: Deputy Sheriffs intercept the Liberty Belle at Pier 36 & arrest owners and captain for illegal party: violation of social distancing provisions of the Mayor's and Governor's Emergency Orders, Alcohol Beverage Control Law: unlicensed bar & bottle club & Navigation Law. pic.twitter.com/zXZheHdH9O
— NYC SHERIFF (@NYCSHERIFF) August 2, 2020