COVID Violation Process Puts Late Night Permits in Jeopardy

Posted On 03/12/2021 by Matt Lettelleir

The St. Pete Business Community was heard today.

The Chamber’s President and CEO, Chris Steinocher, made a compelling case to the Public Services and Infrastructure Committee meeting that our bars and restaurants should not have their late night permits revoked without a better education and training process for code enforcement, operators and employees.

Over the last week, the Chamber has worked with the City Administration to remove or revise several of the proposed changes that we believe would have negatively affected our local businesses. The discussions did identify and clean-up a few issues to ensure clarity for both city and business operators.

But the work is not done.

Our City is working hard to keep us safe and we encourage all our businesses to remain vigilant and enforce the current emergency mandates.

It also became very clear COVID safety enforcement is hard to administer for both sides.  Today we heard City Code officers are concerned with going into establishments and we hear nightly our owners struggle with educating employees and customers.

The Chamber encourages all operators who have received COVID violations to contact the City Council prior to the Public Hearing on March 18. We believe it important for our council to hear your personal experiences in receiving the violations and your ideas for ways our city can help.

If too you are concerned with how COVID-19 violations can lead to Late Night Permit revocation – we ask you to make your voice heard at City Hall (175 5th Street N) at 5 PM on Thursday, March 18th.

We remind everyone – of the very hard year we have all endured, and while we may have been through the worst – we’re not out of this yet. EVERY business in St Pete should do its part to ensure compliance with all ordinance and emergency orders.

The World is beating a path to our doors – let’s be safe, strong and caring for all who visit, work, or live in our great burg.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber’s Vice President of Advocacy, Matt Lettelleir at

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