Area Businesses Seek Answers Regarding Premises Expansion Moratorium
Business is flowing in and out of places like swamp head brewery this time of year, but rather than channeling the boom into bucks, local business owners are complaining that their profit is being kept to a trickle at the hands of an unclear city ordinance.
Under ordinance guidelines after a set amount of warnings, establishments in violation aren’t allowed to admit anyone under 21 from 9pm till 2am.
The extension of the ordinance passed last year put greater restrictions on businesses and their ability to make money.
Gainesville City Commissioner Todd Chase says, “What’s happening now I think is an overbroad interpretation of the ordinance that’s limiting the ability of a lot of our businesses to have special events that can not only be good for their businesses but be good for the community.”
The City Attorney and Manager have been tasked with revising the ordinance, their report will be presented at a February 28th meeting.
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