Aren't the requirements for training and security really complicated?

No. As the City Commission heard from the industry at its workshop and first reading, it is common industry practice to train your staff to recognize when to stop serving, how to check I.D.s for underage drinking, how to handle difficult customers, etc. State agencies already have similar training programs and the City’s requirements are even less rigorous. The City would accept the equivalent state agency or commercially available programs for training staff. The requirement for security during hours of operation are also already what the industry uses, as was stated by many speakers during the public hearings. The ordinance only requires the use of security staff or gives the option instead to use security cameras. The industry professionals who spoke at the meetings confirmed that they all already use either, or both, of these security measures, so the ordinance may not require anything more.

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1. Will this ordinance close down bars on St. Augustine at 10 p.m.?
2. Are bar owners going to be responsible for bad actions of their patrons once they leave the bar?
3. If I taste a cocktail as I make it, will I be in violation of the ordinance?
4. Aren't the requirements for training and security really complicated?
5. Is it a violation if a hotel guest drinks from the mini bar in their room?
6. How does this apply to a private reception?
7. If we try to comply with all the rules and we make a mistake, can the City revoke the permit?
8. Do I need an after hours permit if I only have late night service for New Year's Eve?
9. What if there is an emergency curfew or an evacuation order because of a hurricane?
10. Does the ordinance have a bunch of new requirements that my bar has to follow?
11. What about other recommendations that came our of the stakeholder meetings held by the Responsible Hospitality Institute and its report?
12. Where can I read the latest version of the ordinance and when is it going for second reading and public hearing?