The Greensboro City Council got an update on the city’s response to the recent shootings at the Blind Tiger on Spring Garden Road at the Tuesday, April 19 meeting.
The update also revealed how the controversial Safety Review Board is operating, which appears to be different from what is stated in the resolution establishing the Safety Review Board.
Assistant City Manager Trey Davis reported to the City Council that, after the shootings, the Blind Tiger had been closed down for a number of code violations.
According to a memo from Davis to city councilmembers, after two shooting incidents outside the Blind Tiger the city sent inspectors from the Neighborhood Development Department, Engineering and Inspections and the Fire Marshall’s office to the Blind Tiger. The city inspectors discovered a number of violations and closed the business down.
The resolution establishing the Safety Review Board states that city inspectors could be sent to the premises if a business does not comply with the recommendations of the Safety Review Board. In this case the Safety Review Board had not met to make recommendations when the inspectors were sent to the Blind Tiger.
Councilmember and mayoral candidate Justin Outling cast the only vote against establishing the Safety Review Board, which only applies to violent incidents at or near private businesses with licenses for on premises alcohol consumption.
After Davis gave his report on temporarily closing the Blind Tiger, Outling said, “In that same vein, with the information provided. To me it was noteworthy that it was shut down for code compliance violations that apparently have nothing to do with it serving alcohol, and so when the ALE does its investigation and what not, if you could continue to keep us updated, because I imagine for other organizations and businesses, if you have code violations, then you have code violations, and the city can shut you down. So, it’s important to understand why it was shut down. Moreover, if there is not a link between the code violations and any conduct that is linked to any crime, I obviously want to find where the link is to the actual crime and interrupt that as opposed to just going into a business and finding a bunch of code violations, which we should be doing anyway.”
Was there evidence that those involved in the shooting where even at the Blind Tiger? or where they just in that area?
chris where doesn’t mean the same as were
Just a typo. You will survive
He can only speak Pidgin English, Aussie.
Why dont they close down these Fish gambling joints. They have robberies and people are getting shot (some killed) at them on a regular basis. City Councils and County Commissioners turn a blind eye to those places.
Wasn’t one of the shootings around 6a.m.? How can a business that closes at 2a.m. be responsible for something 4 hours after they close?
There is a thing now called a “2 to 6 party” that some clubs will do. They are supposedly just open for people to come hang out together. The club supposedly does not serve alcohol and just charges a large cover to get in to cover costs. I still imagine there is some alcohol serving going on, or at least people are sneaking their own alcohol in. Either way, Blind Tiger was engaged in a “2 to 6 party” when all of this stuff went down. So, yeah, they were open and the shooters and victims were probably patrons since the rest of the city was at home in bed.
Greensboro deserves an entirely new City Council. Use your vote wisely and carefully in 2022.
This is a perfect example of the real reason for all the rules, restrictions, requirements, regulations, and red tape. They have been created by our masters so that they can close us down and fine us, and even put us out of business whenever they wish. If these “code violations” were genuine, why were they not addressed previously? Either these government “inspectors” are incompetent or they are being sicced on this business for unrelated reasons (which have now incurred the displeasure of the council).
The government in this country can destroy your life if you incur their displeasure… just like medieval Europe.
Funny thing about the gun show. Council or Matt Brown haven’t shut down the black rap shows for a@t’s homecoming. Wondering why that is. There’s always more crime then that at the gun show. Maybe a double standard one for us “unwoke” WHITE conservative people and one for the black people
I came here to say this is the dumbest decision and NC safety council is all a waste of time. They don’t get rid of the fish tables or sketchy dive bars around here but are upset over something that didn’t even happen during business hours. Way to waste a lot of peoples money on tickets they’ll never get back.
Did code inspectors get sicced on the police department building when they killed that man in their parking lot? I’m sure the city code inspectors could find a violation or two to prevent more parking lot killings on city property. Knée jerk nonsense from a do-nothing Mandate Mayor. Oh, wait she did unilaterally and sneakily banned gun shows from the city owned Coliseum to make sure only criminals and her personal police force can defend themselves in this ever more dangerous city.
Not only did they not do that, the police department and city have made no safety changes for police at the downtown location or any of the other substations. Hey Nancy and Justin, is that a promise you can keep? A few more cameras and a little fencing?