Sep 25, 2009

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

I got this message in my inbox yesterday. It came from Darin, the owner of the State Room, and I thought it was worth posting as some of our readers/customers are probably very interested in this topic. If not, then just ignore it - but if you'd like to see more modern liquor/bar laws, well, then now you can have your voice heard about it. Here's the message from Darin:

Hey Music Lovers

Hope you can take a moment to read and reply, and please forward to anyone who would support making Salt Lake more modern!

The State of Utah recently made dramatic changes to its alcohol policies. Now it is Salt Lake City's opportunity to do the same.

Many of you may or may not know that Salt Lake City's alcohol ordinances are outdated and limit economic development and community gathering places.

NOW is the time to change this.

Over the last year or so, the City has positioned itself to try and change these ordinances and now is the time to help make this happen. The two issues that are on the table:

- Neighborhood Bars [Jam, Andy's]
- More Bars/Venues per block [currently 2 per block]

If you are in favor of having a bar/watering hole in your neighborhood...we need your help.

If you are interested in having more than just two bars/venues on the same street...for example...The State Room, The Bayou and Bar Deluxe...we need you help.

Some things to think about:

- Reduce excessive driving, thus reducing drunk driving. Several options in one location allows patrons to eat, dance and drink all within walking distance.
- Increased revenue to the City. Better establishments draw more people which would increase the value of properties. We feel that The State Room is a great compliment to The Bayou and the combination along with Sapa and some other State Street enterprises has made that area more approachable and attractive.

Please submit your comments to mayor@slcgov.com by Friday, September 25, 2009. All comments will be included in the official public record.

To review an overview of the proposed changes:

The schedule of events:
Friday, September 25, 2009 - Public Comment Deadline

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - Planning Commission Meeting to Consider Proposed Changes

Possibly December - City Council takes issue under consideration after Planning Commission makes recommendations

These changes should go along way to normalizing the way Salt Lake City views alcohol and how we as citizens can enjoy our community.

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