Well, from a small business that is NOT Downtown.... The city is bigger than the 20 square blocks that would possibly benefit from this. What about other bars restaurants and night clubs who would lose traffic to FREE entertainment. Believe me I am excited to see Chattanooga grow and become more energetic. However the onslaught of free festivals, shows, weekend events etc etc etc, is taking away from mom and pop businesses that are trying to keep what little niche they have left to survive. Nightfall and Riverfront Nights kill our spring and summer weekends, we know what Riverbend does. So lets add every weekend in September and October with Brew fests, rock climbing fests, bridge fest, Art fests on and on. Then take away weekends in December with Santa Crawls, light fests and a boat parade. Now the one night of the year that is our Christmas, is to be taken way and moved downtown where a company many of us went out of our way to back, support and promote will give our paying customers a free event. We have enough to deal with as far as stepped up Competition. New Venues, new bars and restaurants opening every weekend, we don't really need a supplier of a product we built, taking business away. We saw this with their unveiling party and Halloween party. Are they going to work with us to sell their product or compete against us a an event promoter? I feel for the long term health of their product and relationship with small businesses this was a wise and understanding choice. We will continue to support our home town product. This may not be what people want to hear because throwing a free party is fun and people think everyone can do it, but it's what some of us are facing. BTW For those who do not know and for full disclosure, I own and operate The Comedy Catch and Giggles Grill.
First, the quote from MR Walter Williams is incorrect The Comedy Catch has not been excluded. I would have to make changes, such as stop serving alcohol at 11pm. So We are still in this fight. Although, I would agree this ordinance is meant to crack down on night clubs. Chief Randy Parker at the first mention of this said to the City Council " we are here every couple of weeks before you with trouble from nightclubs "...
Second, to the first poster, they inspect twice a year and walk through one or more additional times. However since this fight began we have gotten an unannounced visit from the head of city codes.
Third, The cost to install the system is $10 to $16 a square foot. That is why the price is different because all locations are different sizes. And Yes The Comedy Catch would cost more than $100K.
Finally, our issue is the marshal going above and beyond the 2006 code which states: Chapter 13, - 188.8.131.52 "An existing building housing an assembly occupation established prior to the effective date of this code shall be permitted to be approved for continued use if it conforms to, or is made to conform to, the provisions of this code to the extent that, in the opinion of the authority having jurisdiction, reasonable life safety against the hazards of fire, explosion and panic is provided and maintained".
He wants to have only "Night Clubs" install the system even with the code stating we do not have to.
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