Orlando Florida. , A proposal being discussed on the Orlando City Council seeks to ban new nightlife businesses in the city while regulating alcohol sales in existing bars.
Bars in Orlando could face new regulations if city officials pass this measure regulating this type of business.
The potential ordinance seeks to establish a “balance” in the downtown area that is responsive to both visitors and residents of the area.
ban on new nightclubs
The measure will be a temporary one of six months. However, it leaves the option of the authorities to extend it for an additional six months, if required.
Specifically, the ordinance prohibits the acceptance, processing and consideration of any applications for development orders, development permits, building permits and zoning approvals for any new nightclub use (including change of use and substantial improvements).
new hours for sale of liquor
The measure would also change the permitted hours of alcohol sales within the boundaries of the Downtown Entertainment District (DEA) to midnight.
Businesses that want to sell until 2 a.m. must submit a “Permit for the Sale of Liquor After Midnight.”
The proposed permit would require these businesses to apply for and receive a permit by May 1, 2023. The proposed permit application fee is $250.
They also require police protection and security, which may include:
Additional police security service outside the business, as determined by the Chief of Police, depending on the size of the business, history of incidents, etc.
This additional security will be necessary from 10 pm on Friday to 4 am on Saturday.
10 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday. from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Sunday through Monday and on the city’s five main holidays (St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Fourth of July, Halloween, and New Year’s Eve).
Additionally, depending on business capability, it may be required to have a weapon detection system (eg, metal detectors) at all entrances between 10:00 pm and 2:00 am.
Officials are seeking to “improve the security of the centre, particularly during the evening hours when most violent crimes occur.”