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

04/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa, nightclubs, Ybor City, alcohol


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.


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Tavern owner says stricter club rules didn't work in New Orleans, won't work in Tampa

05/30/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Tampa City Council is proposing new rules for local bars and nightclubs. Among the changes would be excluding 18- to 20-year-olds from Tampa clubs and requiring bars to hire extra duty law enforcement officers based upon venue occupancy.

Joining us to talk about these proposed rules is someone who experienced similar regulations when he owned night clubs in New Orleans. Lux Devoid owns the Mermaid Tavern in Seminole Heights. He attended the city c...

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Tampa considers whether to ban people under 21 from Ybor City clubs, gets resistance from clubs and patrons listen

05/24/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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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. S...

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