Thursday, November 30, 2006

The mayor's "nightlife" legislation

While I can't consider myself fully informed, I've been vaguely following the situation with Mayor Nickles and his nightlife legislation. There's a piece on it in the Seattle PI this morning.

According to the article, the city council isn't slated to review the proposal until after the first of the year. The new language is apparantly less onerous than previous versions, but it still requires bars and venues to be responsible for not only their own space, but 50 feet surrounding them (essentially saying the venues must serve as the police for public space, which his problematic) and ensure that no sound (i.e. bands) can be heard further than 75 feet away from the venue.

All this, plus $350 the first year and $300 every year after that just to operate.

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