DECATUR, Ga. -- The proposed change in the closing time for nightclubs and other establishments in DeKalb County has been tabled until next week's meeting.
The item was on this week's agenda, although a number of clubs and establishments say this happened without prior notice to the public or an earlier public hearing.
Community members were present to speak before the commissioners Tuesday morning. Club owners and employees wore red in solidarity and in opposition to the measure.
In tabling the decision, commissioners asked the DeKalb County Police Department to provide crime statistics to show if an earlier closing time would reduce crime near establishments, which is a question that was brought up by individuals supporting the new ordinance.
The language of the proposed ordinance reduces the hours for the sales of alcohol in bars and clubs to 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sundays.
Presently, bars and clubs may serve from 9 a.m. to 3:55 a.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:55 a.m. on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. to 2:55 a.m. on Sunday. The next scheduled DeKalb County Board of Commissioners meeting is set for December 12 at 9 a.m.