In a hail of opposition from business owners, a Tampa
City Council proposal to curb crime by requiring special permits
for alcohol sales after midnight died Thursday morning.
The measure could be reborn with input from a committee of business
owners, neighborhood residents and government officials.
Council Chairman Charlie Miranda called for the community-wide
effort after opposition mounted against the proposal by
Councilwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin for late-night permits.
Council members arrived at Old City Hall on Thursday morning to
find a roomful of angry business owners facing them across the
Opponents of the proposal spent more than an hour telling council
members the proposal is a threat to their livelihoods. They also
said it would punish well-behaved businesses just to catch a few
The Tribune helpfully noted it wasn’t “clear the people
in the crowd on Thursday understood the finer points of the
proposal,” because, for example, the proposal did not seek to
actually ban bars from staying open after midnight. But for nanny
staters regulations are like Lay’s, you can’t have just one.
from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/05/tampa-city-council-rejects-proposal-to-r