The much-maligned restaurant and bar security ordinance promoted by Mayor Nancy Vaughan is back.
Except this time it isn’t an ordinance but a city policy to deal with privately owned establishments with a license to sell alcoholic beverages that have had a “violent incident” on or near their premises.
According to the memo sent to city councilmembers titled “Standard Operating Procedure, City of Greensboro Safety Review Board,” the policy won’t have the authority to force restaurants or bars to comply. However, those who fail to follow the “recommendations” of the Safety Review Board “may be declared a public nuisance.” Or the city “May subject the applicable location to enforcement by the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and/or the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.” And finally, the policy states, “Nothing herein shall prevent the City from enforcing any City ordinances at the applicable location, including but not limited to regulations related to the Building & Inspections or Zoning restrictions.”
So, while this is not an ordinance passed by the City Council with legal penalties, if a restaurant or bar doesn’t comply with the policy the city is going to use the massive amount of bureaucracy available to attempt to bring that establishment into compliance.
The Safety Review Board itself is an interesting entity. There is no indication in the policy of how the board will be appointed but it will include “a member of the Greensboro Police Department Command Staff, a member of the Greensboro Fire Department Fire Marshalls Office, a member of the Department of Neighborhood Development, and a member of the Department of Building and Inspection.”
So it is likely no one on the Safety Review Board set up to determine how restaurants and bars operate after a “violent incident” has occurred on or near their premises will have any experience actually operating a restaurant or bar.
The policy exempts all city and government owned facilities. It also exempts private educational and religious institutions, non-profits, athletic fields and events, festivals, carnivals, fairs, circuses, exhibitions, trade shows and parades.
In other words, the policy is specifically targeted toward privately owned bars and restaurants.
And interesting part of the policy is that it treats bars and restaurants with on premises alcohol consumption licenses the same as businesses that sell alcohol but do not have an on-premises consumption license and illegally allow their customers to consume alcohol on-premises.
Vaughan has been pushing for such an ordinance but has not had the support of the majority of the City Council.
This appears to be an effort to have the effect of a bar and restaurant security ordinance without going through the process of having the City Council actually approve such an ordinance.
The remedial actions that the Safety Review Board would require, according to the memo, are similar to what the proposed ordinance would have required. It includes hiring additional armed security guards, requiring the use of metal detectors, and maintaining a list of all the patrons who come into the establishment to be given to the Greensboro Police Department if the Police Department gets a search warrant.
Another reason we do not need areas where open drinking is allowed outside. See story above.
No no no. More government overreach. When will we learn to let businesses thrive without Big Brother butting in. Haven’t restaurants and bars suffered enough from Covid ? This is just one more mail in the coffin. Stop acting like NYC. Act more like FL.
Dictator Vaughan will have her way, even if it is opposed by the people she serves.
Mandate Mayor looking towards reelection with heavy handed and unilateral boot on private businesses that compete with her 100 million dollar performance arts palace. City owned entities exempted of course. Public frozen out. City council frozen out. Pure political games as elections near and our citizens and business owners suffer from tyrannical overreach.
The pretext of promoting public safety while not consulting the wishes of the governed. The city council is tasked with overseeing the public interest and safety. Are we pleased, or made more safe?
It is way past time to remove the current Mayor. Use your vote wisely.
If folks have an approved cup who’s to say who’s violent? This is so asinine. See the above story….SMH
Vaughn and the council are taking their cue from the politicians of CA and Chicago who are blaming store owners and citizens for the looting and pillaging citing a lack of security and alarm systems when the blame actually lies with them for not supporting law enforcement and the legal system in order to reduce crime. Telling citizens to not wear nice clothes or wear jewelry, store owners to hire more security or shorten hours, while they pay taxes to have law enforcement and a legal system in place to maintain neighborhoods and a business district that should allow them to freely go about their day is beyond laughable. It’s criminal. If they must hire their own security then they shouldn’t have to pay taxes to the city, Mayor Vaughn. Do YOUR job and provide the services these business owners pay for in taxes, in fact, in the downtown area they pay additional taxes if I’m not mistaken. It seems the policy is the nuisance and not the businesses.
The city is openly threatening business owners, saying “We MAY do this,” and “We MAY do that . . .” It sounds like something organized crime would do. “Gee, that’s a nice business you got there. It’d be a shame if we have to shut it down . . .”
Will this one be enforced as stringently as the “no standing in the median” ordinance is for the panhandlers? If so, don’t worry-nothing will happen.
ANY business can have a “violet incident”. Both in stores & in offices. I have seen both. Yet another example of govt overreach. Give’um a little bit here and there, again, and you are left with Big Brother.
Look at what is happening in Australia, and now Justin Trudeau’s Canada. And the people there elected these people. The electorate is brainwashed.
All I can say is, don’t give up your 1st and 2nd amendment rights, piece by piece. Otherwise, where is there to go?