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The City Council of Atlanta believes that all nightclubs inside the city of Atlanta should close at 2am, seven days a week. This is a result of the recent shootings that have taken place in Buckhead. The City Council of Atlanta believes that business closing hours should be changed from 4am to 2am to cure the serious public safety concern associated with many establishments which are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises and their failure to adequately monitor and supervise their premises and parking lots utilized by their patrons, particularly after 2am, as stated by Council member Lee Morris in City Ordinance 00-0-0186. The proposed amendment by Michael Bond and new city ordinances address the parking, loud noise, and lewd and violent behavior issues that our citys venues supposedly cultivate. Should all Atlanta clubs and patrons be held responsible for isolated incidents?
I am appalled at the instantaneous, thoughtless and dispassionate response of our City Council in dealing with this issue. They are grossly underestimating the amount of tax revenue these clubs generate during the hours of 2am and 4am as well as the welfare of commerce in revitalizing communities. The city council is also overestimating the amount of disturbance that these clubs and venues produce. Sure I welcome safety, but this political effort is not worth the detrimental expense of small businesses all across the board. History shows that new laws rarely alleviate the root of the problem and only cause inequitable inconvenience for law-abiding citizens.
The city of Atlanta is already making the clubs and venues suffer for their trade through exorbitant fees for alcohol licenses and taxes. A new law would surely send many businesses packing. As a musician and proprietor in the music scene of Atlanta, I am outraged that our fast-growing, but still fragile community will suffer for the alleged governing inabilities of our neighbors in a small geographic area of the city. Most clubs continue live music past the hour of 2am, even on weekdays. These clubs are the backbone of our music scene. They are our livelihood and our outlet. Its very simple. If the clubs go, the music goes.
I would much rather live in a city where unbalanced people are able to relieve their rage peacefully at a nightclub through listening and dancing to live music rather than taking out their tribulations on other Atlantans with guns. If we are forced to close our clubs early, then we are forced to surrender the foundation that drives our local music scene. We cannot let this happen if we intend to continue nurturing what we have created.
I recently attended a meeting with some local club owners and club managers here in town to determine how we can prevent this injustice. We were able to come up with a few viable solutions of how to deal with this type of discrimination. An appeal to the City Council of Atlanta was drafted and Id like to quote the last paragraph: We believe that the integrity and dignity of Atlantas neighborhoods are important. Many of us live in areas close to some of these licensed establishments. The interest of all of Atlanta can be best served by clear, unemotional assessment of the problems associated with eating and drinking establishments. A poorly defined problem is likely to lead to a poorly crafted solution that does nothing to advance the public health, safety and general welfare -nothing except create the illusion of having done something purposeful. If the problem is parking, loud noise, lewd behavior or violence, the proposed ordinances indeed offer the wrong solution. I am urging all participants in the Atlanta music scene to visit their local hangout and sign a petition that states, I strongly oppose the proposed ordinances #00-0-0185 and #00-0-0186 to amend the city code of ordinances Chapter 10, Article II, Section 10-209. Your support is needed to win a battle that will determine the final outcome of local musics survival and subsistence. If we, the musicians, do not speak up now, we will surely become a part of Atlantas history rather than its future.
Dont let politics kill our art.
Shut Eye Records
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