BYOB Restrictions Aim to Make Vernon Safer

- An increase in assaults have some Vernon law officers alarmed and working on ways to make Vernon streets safer.

City officials say they are having problems with one type of business in particular.

A new ordinance could put tighter restrictions on so-called BYOB clubs where you can bring your own alcohol.

Vernon City Manager Mitch Grant says he wants Vernon to be known as a place to have fun but safety is the top priority.  He is hoping the restrictions in this ordinance will help them achieve that goal.

“Well we've had some assault cases that have been tied to some of these clubs and we think we can preempt some of those problems by some kind of presence,” says Vernon City Manager Mitch Grant.

If passed, a new ordinance will require BYOB clubs to close at 2 a.m.

Owners will have to pay $100 for a yearly permit.

The permit gives the city the right to hold customers and businesses accountable for any issues.

“It allows us to have a person that we can go to and talk to if there is an issue inside the establishment. Making sure that the exits are in place so people can get out of the building if there's a fire and some kind of ability to control an issue, keep it from getting out of hand,” says Grant.

And violating the ordinance could cost the club owner $1,000 per violation which will be classified as a Class C Misdemeanor.

If passed the ordinance will not apply to restaurants or bars that allow people to bring in alcohol. It would only apply to clubs that are strictly BYOB.

The final reading of the ordinance will be Tuesday October 22nd.

The meeting is at the Vernon City Hall and is open to the public.

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