City gives teen clubs rules and regulations
BATON ROUGE - Officials are cracking down on pop-up clubs for teens in Baton Rouge.
Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis says abandonded buildings are often rented out for these parties, where any teen can pay to party.
Lewis says there are no regulations for the clubs, and that allows teenagers to get into trouble, including fights, which have turned violent twice this year, with two teens and a security guard being shot.
That's why Lewis spear-headed the regulations Metro Council approved Tuesday night. The new ordinance requires building-owners to get a $250 permit to be able to lease the building to anyone holding a party, with cover charge, for anyone under 18. The owner must have a certain amount of security guards inside and outside of the building, and the party must close a half-hour before curfew for kids.
The ABC will regulate the clubs and how well they follow the permits. If a club is in operation without a permit, it will be shut down. If an owner doesn't follow the permit, they're fined. If they get fined enough, the party license can be revoked.