Teen clubs to close early

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Augusta Commission committees voted Monday to amend the city's curfew ordinance to include closing hours for teen nightclubs and sent a request to abandon an alley to make way for a new downtown hotel to the full commission with no recommendation. -- Sylvia Cooper, staff writer

TEEN CLUB CURFEW

Members of the Public Services Committee voted to amend the city's existing teen curfew ordinance to include closing teen nightclubs at 11:30 p.m. on weekends and 10:30 p.m. on weeknights to allow teens to be at home by the current midnight weekend curfew and 11 p.m. weekday curfew.

Commissioner J.R. Hatney said if the current curfew was being enforced, commissioners wouldn't have take action on teen clubs.

Commissioner Corey Johnson said he would like to see the ordinance amended to prohibit teens younger than 18 from attending the clubs.

Augusta has four teen nightclubs, but only one has been brought to the attention of commissioners as a trouble spot, and that is Club Platinum on North Leg Road, where a teen was shot in February and another shot and killed last year. Commissioners placed that club on 90 days probation and it must close at 11:30 p.m.

LOCK AND DAM UPDATE

Recreation and Parks Director Tom Beck told commissioners bids for repairing the locks at New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam park will be opened April 7. The locks became inoperable March 13. That keeps boats from traveling up or downstream through the dam.

Also placed on hold are all fish migration programs administered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and South Carolina DNA that were scheduled to start in April. Commissioners are expected to act on bid results at their April 15 meeting.

ASKING FOR AN ALLEY

Members of the Engineering Services Committee sent a request to abandon an alley at the site of a planned downtown hotel so that the design work can begin to the full commission with no recommendation.

Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Margaret Woodard asked the committee to abandon a 51/2-foot alley at Reynolds and Ninth streets so design work on a $30 million hotel, condominium and retail space project can move forward. Mr. Hatney voted against the abandonment because Ms. Woodard said she did not know what price range the condos would sell for because they had not been designed. Mr. Hatney said if the developers knew the hotel would have 140 rooms and there would be 60 condos, he knew what the price range would be.

The hotel owner is Courtland R. Desseau, of Maylene, Ala., according to Planning Commission Director George Patty.

DOG PARK DELAY

Commissioner Jerry Brigham said the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Botanical Gardens is not the place for dogs to romp off their leashes and wants the full commission to discuss the matter further at its April 1 meeting. Mayor Deke Copenhaver has set April 6, the Sunday before the Masters Golf Tournament, as the date for opening the dog park on Sundays from noon until 4:30 p.m. Mr. Brigham and Mr. Hatney, however, said although commissioners had approved dog parks and park rules they had not approved a location.

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He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named
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He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named 03/25/08 - 02:36 am
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There shouldn't even be such

There shouldn't even be such a thing as teen night clubs. Nothing good happens at the grown up night clubs, just people getting drunk, figthing and sometimes a lot worse. People seem to go there for the sole purpose of finding a night of dirty sex with someone they never plan on having an actual relationship with. So...hey great idea...lets have that..except for kids. I guess the curfew is good because at least now they have to be done with their immoral activities and in bed at a halfway decent hour.

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Frank 03/25/08 - 03:56 am
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I think that has to be the

I think that has to be the most ignorant remark I can remember in a long time. I met my wife in a bar/night club. As for the teen clubs it's not likely there's any alcohol in them as the county won't give them a liquor license. Now, I don't think the early closing request is a bad idea, I mean there is a legal curfew for anyone under the age of 18 in place already. Requiring the establishment to close 30 minutes prior to the curfew should ensure the teen has no excuse..

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christian134 03/25/08 - 05:48 am
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Good morning all and well

Good morning all and well said He Who Must Not Be Named....Now if we just had enough police and parents willing to enforce the curfew...that would be a plus...

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 03/25/08 - 06:57 am
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The operative word there

The operative word there christian is Parents!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/25/08 - 07:28 am
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My brother met all six of his

My brother met all six of his wives at night clubs and is looking for a seventh. Apparently they're easy to find but hard to keep. Teens need to be home with parents at night. The day provides plenty of time for social activities. With the current problem with family structure we have in this country, I don't expect any change in club attendance.

martigirl9999
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martigirl9999 03/25/08 - 07:42 am
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There is nothing wrong with a

There is nothing wrong with a teen night club; however I see no reason for it to be open during the week. When I was growing up, we had a teen night club that was open only on the weekends or on a weeknight that the next day was a holiday for school. No teen that has to go to school the next morning needs to be hanging out until 10:30pm. The problem here is the PARENTS. My parents would have never let me hang out that late! I guess this is why there is a 12 year old with a blue jump suit on right now in the detention center for killing someone! This is a sad world we live in!

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 03/25/08 - 07:48 am
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This is for Commissioner J.R.

This is for Commissioner J.R. Hatney and his comment about the current curfew not being enforced. It is and when the deputies write a ticket to the parents for allowing the children to be out after curfew, the Mag court judges dismiss the cases. So you are wrong, the curfew IS being enforced, just not being upheld in court.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 03/25/08 - 07:50 am
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30 minute prior to the curfew

30 minute prior to the curfew won't be enough time, 9 on weeknights and 10 on weekends would be better, and no one under 18 without a parent after 5 and on weekends. If the parents won't do it maybe the law will, but make the parents pay for it.

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imdstuf 03/25/08 - 08:29 am
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Many of the same people that

Many of the same people that go to clubs are the same ones that go to church. They are ordinary people going to listen to music, mingle, dance and have a good time. Some of you people around here are still in the 1800s. Just because you are boring stick in the muds does not mean everyone has to be. Teens should be allowed to have some fun. It just needs to be monitored, and the curfew upheld.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/25/08 - 09:25 am
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There's a difference between

There's a difference between having fun and running wild in the streets. The same music that is heard at night can be heard during the day. Children need guidance so they can become adults.

...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 03/25/08 - 09:50 am
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If you're going to have a

If you're going to have a 'curfew' with the purpose of keeping kids from 'being out late" (*say, past midnight) then do it.

Then add teeth to the rules to say if your minor child is 'out' past the certain stated hour and caught by law enforcement on more than say 3 or 4 times then the parent will spend time in jail!

Then you'll have a rule with consequences at the home!

**If the courts don't assist then vote in NEW Judges!

**BUT why penalize a legitimate business operation if enforcement of the curfew rules is 'empty/ non-existent'. Once the minor leaves these teen entertainment venues who then enforces our current curfew ordinance? After the curfew whose to say a group of teens aren't free to assemble anywhere they want to assemble especially if the parents know where they are.

***If there was one bad apple then the commission should have just got rid of it and let the others alone.

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intheknow 03/25/08 - 10:40 am
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AV's 7:48 am post is right on

AV's 7:48 am post is right on target. The courts are the weak link in this situation.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 03/25/08 - 12:03 pm
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What does a teen club need to

What does a teen club need to be open on school nights for anyway??????? What responisble parent lets their child do that? I'm sure they are all honor roll students who do not need studies and to be fresh and alert for school!!

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What4 03/25/08 - 01:33 pm
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Maybe the terminology is

Maybe the terminology is wrong..maybe TEEN CLUB would not have such a negative connotation. Too bad Starlight Skating closed..that was a great teen club!!

I agree, weekends only, unless tutoring is offered. I think we could come up with some great teen club ideas that would be positive. I agree the "night club" atmosphere is negative.

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owensjef 03/25/08 - 01:35 pm
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Cracking up at pat's 7:28 ,

Cracking up at pat's 7:28 , one problem with this teen club is for most of the time there is an adult club right next door.

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chrisbrownbaby00 03/25/08 - 08:04 pm
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Well im a teen and i have 2

Well im a teen and i have 2 say dont none of yall know wat yall are talking about teens clubs aint bad its just some kids dont know how 2 act these days and the more yall keep taking privilages away from us teens the more they gonna act up because there's nothing 2 do for kids in Augusta but act out yall grown ups dont know wat us kids like 2 do for fun and yall cant talk about wat we are doing wrong b/c yall aint giving us a choice 2 have any fun 2 do something right

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MissNea1908 03/26/08 - 08:38 pm
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The idea of a teen club is

The idea of a teen club is crazy. There is no reason why anyone under the age of 18 should be out that late anyway, especially on a school night. Test scores are already low why not put that time and money in something more postive like mentoring programs. If teens what something to do at night sponsor teen nights at skating rinks or something like that. I really feel that their time could be spent in a much better place other than a night club.

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