Today our President sent an email to all the members of the Tampa City Council, outlining our organization's opposition to the new alcohol rules. Read the full email below:
To the Honorable Members of the Tampa City Council,
I issue this statement on behalf of the Hillsborough County Young Democrats, representing Democrats ages 18-40 in Hillsborough County. On Tuesday, December 3rd, at our monthly meeting, our members unanimously voted to oppose the new alcohol regulations proposed in Agenda Item 4.
We believe the new regulations are unnecessary, and will cause undue harm to Tampa's many small business owners, servers, and bartenders, who are a driving force of our economy. Many of our members work in the service industry, and rely on gratuities to get by. We heard yesterday from one server who estimated that rolling back the hours from 3am to 12am would cost him at least 6,000 a year in lost wages. That's unacceptable when so many of our residents are struggling to get by as it is.
While we understand that bars can apply for special permits in order to stay open to 3am, we see this as an unnecessary burden and cost to small business owners, simply to continue business as it is conducted now. While we understand there are a few problem businesses, punishing the hundreds of responsible establishments in Tampa in order to deal with a few isn't right, and it isn't conducive for the economic development that we all strive for this city to have.
We strongly urge members of the city council to vote against moving forward on Agenda Item 4 tomorrow. Despite this apparently being in the works for years, there has been remarkably low awareness of the new proposed regulations by most of the city's businesses and servers. We recommend that their input be further solicited before any potential changes to the alcohol rules move forwards.
Michael Long President Hillsborough County Young Democrats
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