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Sunrise Commission Votes Tonight on Whether to Keep Bars Open Later

Will bars in Sunrise get the OK to stay open late?
Will bars in Sunrise get the OK to stay open late?

The Sunrise City Commission will vote tonight on whether to allow bar owners to obtain late-night permits. The meeting will be held at the Sunrise City Commission Chambers at 6:30 p.m.

Amendment  C12032

is the last item on tonight's meeting agenda. The agenda has already had an initial go-around on February 14, 2012, with a 4-1 vote in favor of letting bar owners in the city apply for a special permit that would allow them to remain open until 4 a.m. Currently, bars in Sunrise are generally allowed to stay open until 2 a.m.

Local bars see this as a boon to their business, since neighboring Lauderhill allows bars to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. in some cases.

Even if the amendment was passed, bars would have to apply for a special permit to remain open after hours. Several factors would come into consideration, like proximity to a residential neighborhood, bar capacity, and the number of police calls that have been made to the location.

The exact agenda item follows:

Amendment  - C12032 Commission discussion and/or action re: First Reading of an Ordinance of

the City of Sunrise, Florida, amending Chapter 3, "Alcoholic

Beverages," Article II, "Extended Hours License Procedure," by amending

section 3-9, "Extended hours license procedure;" amending section 3-11,

"Review criteria for extended hours licenses;" providing for

administrative transition of current licenses; providing for conflict;

providing for severability; providing for inclusion in the city code;

and providing for an effective date. City Manager Bruce J. Moeller. Mark

S. Lubelski, Community Development Director. (First Reading Tabled on

CCM 2/14/12, Passed 4-1 Sofield Nay).

Clean Plate Charlie will keep you informed with updates regarding the voting outcome.


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