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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

No new afterhours clubs in Orlando until next year, city officials say

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 6:37 AM

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City Commissioners approved a temporary moratorium Monday on future afterhours nightclubs in Orlando. 

An afterhours club opens after regular nightclubs close, from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. and can't serve alcohol. Orlando currently has only one afterhours club, and it opened in the last month, says Mayor Buddy Dyer. Nokturnal on West Amelia Street advertises itself on being Orlando's only afterhours club. 

Orlando Police Chief John Mina says the club has not had problems so far, but the city would like to study any potential issues with these types of clubs. 

The moratorium would not allow anyone to open a new afterhours club in the city, and stop the relocation or expansion of any existing afterhours nightclub, according to the ordinance. The moratorium, which lasts until the end of October 2016 unless terminated by City Council, also creates a city nightclubs task force. 

"The Task Force will be comprised of City of Orlando staff," the ordinance says. "The primary purpose of the Task Force is to recommend findings of fact to the Mayor regarding nightclubs (including afterhours nightclubs), how nightclubs may or may not exacerbate the existing public health, safety, and welfare challenges presented by the nighttime entertainment economy, especially in Downtown Orlando, but also throughout the City of Orlando, and the manner by which existing state and City laws already regulate the nighttime entertainment economy." 

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