City to consider closing Tampa bars at midnight instead of 3:00 a.m.
4:57 AM, Dec 2, 2013
2:26 PM, Dec 2, 2013
There may be some changes coming to how long bars in Tampa can stay open each night, if some members of city council get their say.
Council members will propose an ordinance that will allow the city to have more say over businesses that serve alcohol.
One of the changes would have bars begin closing at midnight instead of 3:00 a.m. as it is now.
Bars would be able to apply for a special permit to stay open until 3.
The idea comes after there were two shootings last year at different nightclubs in Ybor City.
Those against the ordinance say it could have a huge impact on places like Ybor City.
"This is going to be affecting everything in Tampa," said Carrie West, of MC Film Ybor, a gift shop in Ybor City. "I don't understand some of the bar owners in other areas like SoHo, International area, Fowler Avenue area, up in the other areas, but in Ybor City... This could actually kill Ybor City in a lot of aspects."
The city council is set to discuss the proposal on Thursday.