“You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here” is something bar-goers might be hearing a lot more of in Encinitas.
Elected officials are responding to alcohol related incidents by proposing a moratorium on new liquor licenses for 45 days and changing the closing time for bars from 2 a.m. to midnight, NBC 7 is reporting.
The proposal comes after a 13% increase in incidents at Encinitas bars from 2008 to 2012, and there have been complaints from business owners and locals who have “had it with the growing amount of unruly, late night behavior.”
Locals have been having issues with property damage and vandalism, as well as loud and inappropriate language, but bars and restaurant owners do not plan on taking this decision lying down. The owner of D Street Bar and Grill argued that it is the people causing the behavior, and not the restaurants that are responsible for the increased issues in the beach town.
The Encinitas City Council will put the proposal to a vote on Wednesday, July 10th.