Back in January when the City Commission voted 3-2 to extend the bar hours from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. it appears no one checked with the higher education community.
Well, no need to call them now.
Ahead of the City Commission’s scheduled reconsideration of the vote tomorrow, leaders at FSU, FAMU, and TCC, have sent a letter to Mayor Gillum and the City Commissioners and their position is clear.
They said, “We were surprised when the City Commission voted in January to extend the establishments’ hours. As committed community partners, we hope that you will take the opportunity to correct this error. ”
And they added, “We would like to make it clear – extending the closing time for these establishments sends a message to our students, and it is the wrong message.”
The letter, provided below, was signed by the Vice Presidents for Student Affairs of FSU, FAMU and TCC.
Back in January, Mayor Andrew Gillum, City Commissioners Nancy Miller and Curtis Richardson voted for the change, while City Commissioners Gil Ziffer and Scott Maddox voted against the proposal based on public safety concerns.
The three that voted in favor of the extended hours showed little concern about the public safety issues during the debate.
The letter was also signed by the Chiefs of Police of FSU, FAMU, and TCC.