New Britain wants tougher rules for nightclubsPosted: Updated:
City leaders in New Britain want tougher night club regulations to protect areas such as Broad Street that have been revitalized. City officials want nightclub operators to be the ones picking up the tab for the extra police presence.
The proposed measure comes after a pair of shootings in October at a bar on Broad Street, which is now closed.
A video posted on YouTube shows activity at the former Club International, which recently closed its doors.
"I think like, there should have been more security," said Dimas Rodriguez of New Britain.
Now, city leaders may put stricter requirements on the books for any potential club operators in the future.
Alderman Larry Hermanowski has proposed an ordinance that would require them to have multiple video cameras, metal detectors when people go in, private security and off-duty police when the crowds get big and pay a $1,500 annual license fee.
"Nobody wants to limit the entertainment of young adults, but somebody has to control it and somebody has to pay for it," he said.
The mayor's office said he supports the idea, citing roughly 100 police responses to the former Club International this year.
A longtime business owner in the same building, Herb Holter, at one time ran a smaller nightspot where Club International used to be. He said he believes you have to keep things safe yet still encourage people to come to New Britain.
"We need to have more businesses in town, but you put a lot of restrictions, so that's why we have nothing here," Holter said.
Hermanowski said in fact it was businesses on Broad Street that came to City Hall asking for stricter nightclub rules to preserve their neighborhood.
A committee vote on the proposal is slated for 7 p.m. at New Britain City Hall.
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