Tampa considers whether to ban people under 21 from Ybor City clubs, gets resistance from clubs and patrons listen05/24/12 Seán Kinane
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Tampa is considering excluding 18 to 20 year-olds from clubs in Ybor City. But at a City Council workshop today, owners and employees of those establishments warned that move would hurt or kill their businesses. More than a dozen members of the public spoke out against the proposal, including Czar bartender Jennifer Harvey. She says the city doesn’t need to worry about people over 21 buying drinks for underage patrons.
Sandra Hein runs the club Czar. She said a proposal to require clubs to hire extra duty law enforcement officers based upon venue occupancy would put them out of business.
No decision was made Thursday, but Council member Harry Cohen said the City Council would consider the matter in the future.
The issue is so contentious that a Facebook group was created yesterday and already has nearly 4,000 members. It’s called Tampa City Council Nightclub Regulation Watch.