Charleston City Council tonight passed a less stringent list of regulations for late-night bars to follow as part of its “Late Night Entertainment Establishment Ordinance.”
Among the changes: fewer security personnel needed for bars with smaller occupancy ratings, and wording that means bar owners will only have to monitor the surrounding property instead of outright policing it.
Other revisions include eliminating Wednesday nights as one of the days where some of the provisions of the ordinance are in effect. The change would leave Thursday through Saturday as the primary enforcement nights.
The ordinance comes as Mayor Joe Riley and Police Chief Greg Mullen are looking to put more of the after hours security responsibilities onto the late night bars, particularly around King Street and the City Market area.