Filed under: Office News | Tags: Mayor, mike mcginn, Pete Holmes, Seattle City Council, Seattle Nightlife Initiative, Tim Burgess, Washington State Liquor Control Board
City of Seattle
At a press conference this morning, Mayor Mike McGinn announced the city’s plan to petition the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) to extend service hours for city nightlife as part of the Seattle Nightlife Initiative. He cited the problem of a mass 2 am push out of people when bars close, challenged police resources, and the overall growth of Seattle as an entertainment and culture hub as reasons for this change. If the petition passes, it would set a precedent for rolling closing times for bars and clubs, and eventually allow some establishments to stay open 24 hours a day. Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess and City Attorney Pete Holmes both spoke in support of the measure at the conference. The petition to change current service rules will be submitted to the LCB by August 31, where the LCB will have 60 days to decide whether to begin making changes to the existing rules. Mayor McGinn hopes to have the new policies in place by early 2012.
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