Gainesville Nightspots Prep for Gameday Weekend Under Ordinance Limitations
GAINESVILLE- It’s been three years since the initial Gainesville ordinance passed stiffening the rules on establishments found violating underage drinking laws.
Affected owners and managers are still feeling the effects rule.
With the threat of at least 90 days of limited profits, especially on the eve of football season, many bars and nightclubs have made it a point to stiffen security measures.
Marketing manager at 101, Ryan Prodesky says, “These events are important because they bring thousands of people to the college park area.”
Prodesky is referring tailgate events that offer his business and those like his the chance extend property boundaries to increase occupancy and profits on game day weekends.
“After talking to the College Park owners and tenants,we learned that 1.8 million dollars are invested into the College park economy due to these events. There’s also 250 jobs created as well,” says Prodesky.
There is little in the way of the passage of an addition to the underage drinking ordinance in Gainesville that bans premises extension for extended businesses.
Former Gainesville City Commissioner Jeanna Mastrodicasa explains, “We were really trying to be creative and sayhow can we get an economic incentive to make our bars do better and we think we found one.”
Currently nightspots exceeding the set amount of warnings aren’t allowed to admit anyone under 21 from 9pm.
the first offense prohibition lasts 90 days, repeat offenders serve 180 days.
Enough of a punishment to encourage businesses to change the way they do things.
Prodesky says, “We have several different measures that we put into protocol for our security staff,number one is having adequate staff number two is to take two forms of id number three is not only banding our guests but also stamping them to ensure that people underage are identified properly.
The majority of commissioners and city leader believe the planned measure will continue to encourage good operating practices.
Mastrodicasa says, “It really goes back to the managers and bar owners who have really taken this seriously and worked hard. the ordinance gave to do it but they couldn’t have been successful without the reason to do so and I give them all the credit because they have worked very hard and they’re very diligent.
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