Board of Licenses chairman pitches 24-hour nightclub zone


YOUSELF FROM GETTING BIT BY MOSQUITOES. (HE) OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS — LEADERS IN THE CAPITAL CITY HAVE DEALT WITH VIOLENCE OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUBS IN SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOODS — INCLUDING A MURDER NEAR A CLUB ON FEDERAL HILL IN JUNE. (MM) AS THEY’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT—- HOW TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES — THE HEAD OF THE BOARD OF LICENSES SAYS —-HE HAS A SOLUTION. BUT HE’LL NEED SUPPORT—– FOR IT TO HAPPEN. (HE) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER CAROLINE GOGGIN SPOKE WITH HIM — AND TWO OTHER STAKEHOLDERS IN THE DEBATE TONIGHT. SHE’S IN PROVIDENCE WITH MORE. MIKE AND SHANNON — THIS ONE IS ALREADY A TALKER HERE IN PROVIDENCE. THE CHAIRMAN’S PROPOSAL — WOULD CREATE A NIGHTCLUB DISTRICT IN THE CAPITAL CITY …. OFF ALLENS AVE. BUT SUPPORT COULD BE HARD TO COME BY. IN FACT — WE HAD SEVERAL PEOPLE STOP US AS WE WERE WORKING TONIGHT TO SAY THEY ARE VERY MUCH AGAINST THE IDEA. IMAGINE THIS STRETCH OF ALLENS AVENUE — THE NEW NIGHT CLUB DISTRICT IN PROVIDENCE. THAT’S THE IDEA OF DYLAN CONLEY… THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVIDENCE BOARD OF LICENSES, WHO SAYS HIS TIME ON THE BOARD — HAS ASSURED HIM THERE’S A DEMAND FOR NIGHT LIFE IN THE CAPITAL CITY. “I THINK THIS IS A LONG TERM SERIOUS SOLUTION TO A SERIOUS PROBLEM.” HIS PROPOSED SOLUTION WOULD BE TO INCENTIVIZE ALL OF THE CITY’S NIGHTCLUBS TO OPERATE ON THIS STRETCH OF ALLENS AVE.. BETWEEN LEHGIH AND PUBLIC STREETS. CONLEY SAYS THIS IS AN ISOLATED, NON-RESIDENTIAL AREA OF THE CITY — WHICH HE BELIEVES COULD HELP MITIGATE ISSUES. HIS PROPOSAL WOULD OFFER CLUBS THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY FOR BOTTLE SERVICE LICENSES… ROUND THE CLOCK LIQUOR SERVICE AND 24 HOUR ENTERTAINMENT. HE SAYS REVENUE FROM THE DISTRICT — WOULD BE USED FOR A PUBLIC SAFETY PRESENCE IN THE AREA. “REGIONALLY SPEAKING, IT’S LOCATION BETWEEN NEW YORK AND BOSTON, WE’VE BECOME A DESTINATION FOR BACHELOR PARTIES, BACHELORETTE PARTIES, WEEKENDS OUT WITH FRIENDS. IT COULD REALLY BECOME A MARKETING OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR READY FOR 24-HOUR IN WHICH INDIVIDUALS OPEN RESTAURANT, ONLY OPERATES A RESTAURANT FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, AND THEN BECOME A NIGHTCLUB, WE HAVE TO STOP THAT.” COUNCIL PRESIDENT ANTHONY SANTURRI HAS OWNED COLOSSEUM – A CLUB ON PINE ST – FOR THE PAST DECADE. HE’S NOW PART OF A WORKING GROUP… THAT’S ASSESSING THE CURRENT ISSUES AFFECTING THE CITY’S NIGHT LIFE. HE SAYS IT’S TIME EVERYONE IS ON THE SAME PAGE. “ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE VESTED IN THIS – THE CITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE LICENSEES – HAVE TO GET TOGETHER. CREATE A DOCUMENT. A UNIVERSAL BEST PRACTICES HANDBOOK.” HE SAYS THAT HANDBOOK WOULD SPELL OUT HOW EACH BUSINESS COULD SUCCEED — WITH A SPECIFIC FOCUS ON PUBLIC SAFETY. WE ASKED PROVIDENCE MAYOR JORGE ELORZA ABOUT THE PROPOSED NIGHTCLUB DISTRICT TODAY… BUT HE WASN’T READY TO COMMENT YET. CAROLINE GOGGIN, EYEWITNESS NEWS. PROVIDENCE CITY SPOT. MATOS SAYS — SHE WOULD PREFER TO FOCUS ON CHANGES WITHIN THE BOARD OF LICENSES, INSTEAD. “WE HAVE TO STOP THIS PRACTICE TAKING PLACE BUT, IT WOULD NEED SUPPORT FIRST. CONLEY SPOKE WITH SABINA MATOS ABOUT IT OVER THE WEEKEND. SHE TELLS US — SHE ISN’T SURE PROVIDENCE IS CITY.” NIGHTCLUBS… OR IF THE ALLENS AVE LOCATION IS THE RIGHT TONIGHT (11pm to 4am): Partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s by dawn. MIKE AND SHANNON — EYEWITNESS NEWS. CAROLINE GOGGIN, COMMENT YET. BUT HE WASN’T READY TO TODAY… NIGHTCLUB DISTRICT ABOUT THE PROPOSED MAYOR JORGE ELORZA WE ASKED PROVIDENCE PUBLIC SAFETY. SPECIFIC FOCUS ON SUCCEED — WITH A EACH BUSINESS COULD WOULD SPELL OUT HOW HE SAYS THAT HANDBOOK HANDBOOK.” BEST PRACTICES DOCUMENT. A UNIVERSAL GET TOGETHER. CREATE A THE LICENSEES – HAVE TO CITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, ARE VESTED IN THIS – THE “ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO SAME PAGE. EVERYONE IS ON THE HE SAYS IT’S TIME CITY’S NIGHT LIFE. ISSUES AFFECTING THE ASSESSING THE CURRENT ISSUES AFFECTING THE CITY’S NIGHT LIFE. HE SAYS IT’S TIME EVERYONE IS ON THE SAME PAGE. “ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE VESTED IN THIS – THE CITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE LICENSEES – HAVE TO GET TOGETHER. CREATE A DOCUMENT. A UNIVERSAL BEST PRACTICES HANDBOOK.” HE SAYS THAT HANDBOOK WOULD SPELL OUT HOW EACH BUSINESS COULD SUCCEED — WITH A SPECIFIC FOCUS ON PUBLIC SAFETY. WE ASKED PROVIDENCE MAYOR JORGE ELORZA ABOUT THE PROPOSED NIGHTCLUB DISTRICT TODAY… BUT HE WASN’T READY TO COMMENT YET. CAROLINE GOGGIN, EYEWITNESS

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