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Entertainment Permit Rule Changes Rejected

Council members have rejected a proposed ordinance that would have given the police chief control over deciding live entertainment permits.

“I have a serious problem with giving up the decision-making process to a single individual instead of five elected people,” Councilman Tom Carroll said. “There is too much authority without checks and balances.”

The City Council will remain responsible for deciding permit issues by holding a public hearing and gathering information from the Police Department.

Council members said they would support parts of the proposed ordinance aimed at reducing noise complaints and police activity at businesses with music permits.

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City Atty. William Wynder will return next month with the revised ordinance for further council consideration.


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