Seattle nightclub closing times may change under mayor's plan

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on July 13, 2010 at 5:22 PM

SEATTLE  – Mayor Mike McGinn announced a new initiative Tuesday to help Seattle's music and nightclub industry which already provides 11,000 jobs and nearly $90 million in local tax revenues.

To boost nightlife profits and make the industry safer, the mayor wants to stagger closing times. That would eliminate the masses of drunks who pour out into the streets at 2 a.m.

"If you have a 2 a.m. cutoff, what I see is people trying to get in a few more drinks at the last minute," said nightlife enthusiast Mike Holloman.

The city is also looking at providing more taxi stands in nightlife neighborhoods like Belltown, Capitol Hill and Fremont.

Noise will be addressed, setting noise levels inside clubs and fining club owners who violate them. Police would be given the power to ticket a loud person outside of a club.

"I don't really see a problem with them ticketing a person who is disturbing the peace at 2 or 3 in the morning." said Quentin Ertel, owner of the Capitol Hill club, Havana.

The initiative changes mean a new day for Seattle's nightlife and Seattle's nighttime economy.

"We don't want to be seen as a city that shuts down early and is not welcoming. Young people are wanting to come out later," said Pete Hanning, president of Seattle's nightlife and music association.

The mayor wants to hear your thoughts on the initiative in this online survey.

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