Bar owners convince Tampa City Council to hold off on large nightclub rules

04/17/14 Seán Kinane
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Ybor City neighborhood in Tampa.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Feb. 2011).

Tampa has been working on an ordinance regulating large Ybor City nightclubs for months, but after hearing from frustrated bar owners Thursday, it’s on hold again.

The city wants to avoid repeating violations and aggression that came to a head in shootings two years ago.

But during public comment several bar owners said irresponsible owners were no longer around. Dave Hundley owns The Orpheum nightclub in Ybor and establishments in St. Petersburg.

Despite Thursday’s stalemate, City Council will hold a workshop on a large nightclub ordinance next Thursday. Several Council members suggested applying rules citywide instead of just in Ybor City.

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