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April 9, 2014

Supervisors looking at nightclub ordinance

STARKVILLE —

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Oktibbeha County supervisors are reviewing the first draft of a proposed nuisance ordinance aimed at local nightclubs.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1g301Mq ) the proposal as currently written would have nightclubs close at 1 a.m., remove patrons from the premises 30 minutes later and require owners to provide at least one bonded security guard per 100 patrons inside and outside the facility.

It provides that violations would be a misdemeanor with a maximum $900 fine, not more than 90 days in jail or both.

Owners would secure an annual operating permit each year with the sheriff's department for $50. Continued violations involving littering, loitering, vandalism, noise complaints, fighting, assaults, inaccessible roads and other nuisances could lead to permit revocation.

The sheriff's department may temporarily suspend permits to restore order when ongoing violations endanger the life, welfare and safety of patrons and residents near the establishment.

Sheriff Steve Gladney has said the ordinance is modeled after one adopted last year in Lowndes County.

The ordinance will go into effect 30 days after board approval.

Supervisors haven't said when they will take up the matter again.

The proposal comes after five people were shot March 29 at Club Rock's parking lot. Investigators believe at least 20 shots were fired that night. Deputies have said witnesses have not been forthcoming with information about the incident. One person remains hospitalized.

Gladney said he spoke with Club Rock's owner since the incident. The owner rents out the building for events. The business cannot legally sell alcohol due to county laws, but patrons are allowed to brown bag liquor, Gladney said.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

 

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