New rules for clubs in downtown Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C.-- A citywide ordinance to make nightclubs safer could take effect next week.

Violent incidents at clubs around the city have caused council members to take action, and propose an ordiance aimed at establishments that are open after 9 p.m., serve alcohol and hold at least 150 people.

The ordinance would require a minimum number of security guards based on the number of patrons at the club. Establishments could also face punishment from the city if they have two or more serious violent crimes within a 12-month span.

"If you run your business and you're safe all the time and don't have any incidents, then this will never come into play," explains Zack Matheny, Greensboro City Councilman.

Greensboro City Council officials and nightclub owners agree patron's safety is the number one concern.

Mike Carter is the owner of Syn and Sky in downtown Greensboro and thinks the proposed ordinance is the city's way of backtracking. Carter doesn't think the clubs who've had violent crimes were punished enough for them.

"When it came down to the penalties for those [violent incidents], I just don't think what happened was harsh enough," admits Carter

Punishments for violating the ordinance could be meeting with police, fines or even having their permit pulled.

The ordinance will be discussed at a workshop on Wednesday and could be placed on the council's agenda for next week's meeting.

If passed, the measure would take effect immediately.


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