On Thursday evening, the St. Petersburg City Council voted against changing the current rules governing Late Night Permits for alcohol sales.
After several dozen bar owners, concerned citizens, business leaders, and musicians made their voices heard during Public Comment, Council members focused their remarks on the discretionary enforcement of COVID-19 rules, the difficulty in policing patrons, and the questionable due process for business owners to defend citations.
These concerns led to the defeat of the proposed changes.
As a city, (Mayor, City Council, the business community, and residents) we have done a lot right over the past year. We put money into the hands of small businesses through the Fighting Chance Fund. We avoided shutting down businesses and have not revoked any liquor licenses.
We also kept our positivity rate down and our employment rate up by enforcing common sense restrictions. The same common sense that was displayed in tonight’s vote.