Mayor Andy Berke Cracks Down on Event Halls

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones

Edited by: Caitlyn Jones
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Updated: 8/21/2013 11:49 pm
     Event halls in Chattanooga have long been a growing problem for violence.
      "We've seen a trend where a lot of after the clubs close down, around town, everybody comes to a centrally located after hours spot where there are no regulations and more nights than not we have some kind of violence," said Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd.
      Mayor Andy Berke has come up with an ordinance to stop the recurring violence at these spots.
        "If you have an event that's gonna go after midnight, you're charging some kind of money for this event and there's beer or alcohol allowed on the perimeter, you have to get a special gathering permit," said Berke.
     That permit has to be obtained by the event organizer and the establishment's owner.
      In the past, owners have been able to avoid responsibility for violence on their property.
     Ray Hunter owns the property known as Boos Ques where shooting and other violent events have happened.
     He says he shouldn't be punished for what's gone on in his building.
        "Do you think the theater where all the people got shot responsible? You think the schools are responsible where the kids got shot?  If you think I am, then they are too," said Hunter.
     None the less, Hunter and other owners will now have to obtain the permits for each special gathering on their property.
        "They have to put forth an adequate security plan, they have to pay a fee, they have to let us know how many people are gonna be there," said Mayor Berke.
        Hunter said, "Whatever they ask this place to do, I'm definitely gonna do it."
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