In 2006, Manatee County proposed the under-21 ban. We alerted the press, we showed up, we spoke our minds. But they stonewalled us and passed the ordinance anyway. Sarasota County immediately followed.
Now it's 2007, and the City of Seminole in Pinellas County is proposing an under-21 ban using the same flawed arguments about underage drinking and violence. But if Seminole allows this ordinance, what's next? St. Pete? Ybor City?
I donât expect a lot of Tampa scenesters to care too much about anything beyond the New World/Crowbar Zip code, but if this comes to your neighborhood, youâll care plenty. And St. Pete/Clearwater people should care the most. It is, after all, your county. So Iâm going down there tonight with my nice shoes on, and Iâm going to read a prepared statement for the allowed three minutes. Itâs the best I can do. Iâd love it if some of you joined me. It doesnât matter if you speak. A showing of bodies is all you need to make an impression.
The hearing is tonight, the vote is next week. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and Seminole City Hall is located at 9199 113th St N Seminole, FL 33772. Phone: 727-391-0204.
This is open to the public. Be there by 6 to fill out a form if you'd like to speak. And for more information, visit: http://www.smaflorida.com