Delay On Downtown Greenville Bar Ordinance

In an effort to crack down on crime among the bar scene in downtown Greenville, an ordinance requiring 500 feet of separation between private and public clubs went before city council Thursday night.

The ordinance was created during a November city council meeting. After much debate, the city council held a public hearing on the proposed ordinance Thursday evening.

For some of the fresh faces on the council, the ordinance is the first item of business regarding crime. But, newcomer Candie Smith was absent, and that's the reason city council voted to push the decision to next month's meeting.

The proposed ordinance would require any new private or public night club established downtown to be no less than 500 feet apart from another bar. With 16 nightclubs in the downtown area, according to the city's presentation, the ordinance would cut down on the volume of people within that certain area.

The next meeting is scheduled for February 11th.

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