Hattiesburg night life may soon have some new rules

By Karrie Leggett - bio | email

HATTIESBURG,MS (WDAM) -   The City of Hattiesburg may have new guidelines for its night clubs, and some of those rules will come from a new committee.

"The committee was the brain trust of the mayor of Hattiesburg,"said Eddie Holloway, Chairman of the new Nightlife Committee.

According to Holloway, its sole purpose is to make night life safer.

"Owners of night establishments, university officials, military officials and interested people will look at ways of promoting safety in the night life in the city of Hattiesburg," said Holloway.

The committee has already been to the city council with 15 recommendation for the council to assess.

"We looked at as many aspects of night life as possible. We looked at parking. We looked at leasing of the doors. We looked at ownership, qualification and requirement for certification with security officials," said Holloway.

Students say if the recommendations are too extreme, including changing hours of operations on night clubs that could mean closing time on their social life.

"Now, clubs close at like 1a.m. maybe.  It wouldn't hurt if they stayed open until 1a.m. or 1:30 a.m., " said Debreka Elliot, Senior at Southern Miss.

"I don't think it is right for the government to say you have to go home at this time.  Especially if we are 18 considered adults," said Jared Hunsucker, sophomore at Southern Miss.

Holloway says whether hours of operation or alcohol policies will change is the council's call.

"It's totally up to the city council to legislatively govern policies, and once that is done, the administration should implement personnel to carry out those policies," said Holloway.

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