The Pub Crawls — Part 2

The Avenue News - - Letters - Anna Re­nault ave­newsanna@ya­

Thank you to all who have re­sponded to my ed­i­to­rial about Bal­ti­more City’s plans to ini­ti­ate reg­u­la­tions that will re­quire a per­mit to host a pub crawl and to re­quire all par­tic­i­pat­ing pubs and bars to also pay a fee. It is nice to hear so many peo­ple agree that this is sim­ply a money grab by the city. It cer­tainly sur­prised me to hear from so many read­ers for or against any par­tic­u­lar is­sue. I def­i­nitely didn’t re­al­ize so many read­ers were big fans of par­tic­i­pat­ing in pub crawls and/or so up­set about the work­ings of Bal­ti­more City!

Sev­eral peo­ple asked how these ac­tions could be stopped. Oth­ers asked me to lead the fight against the move to re­quire per­mits and par­tic­i­pa­tion fees. Know that I agree this is a money grab ex­pec­ta­tion by the City. Also, please re­al­ize I have no time or en­ergy to con­duct such a bat­tle. How­ever, if you are one of the hun­dreds of peo­ple who like to “crawl,” now is the time for you to do what you can to make your feel­ings known.

Yes, I heard all those sighs say­ing, “What can I do?” My first sug­ges­tion would be to find all those who like to par­tic­i­pate in pub crawls and unite against this pro­posed new reg­u­la­tion. There is strength in num­bers. Then, go to those busi­nesses that host these events. Be sure to tell each owner and/or man­ager that you will not be re­turn­ing when the per­mits and fees are put into place. Raise aware­ness that these fees will have a fi­nan­cial im­pact. Re­mind these busi­nesses to take note of how much busi­ness they will lose. Sug­gest they men­tion this to their City Coun­cil mem­bers high­light­ing the neg­a­tive im­pact the new ini­tia­tive will cost in jobs, prof­its and taxes.

On the other hand, while you are crawl­ing from bar to bar, please take note of the traf­fic, noise and lit­ter caused by or left be­hind by those par­tic­i­pat­ing. If the sit­u­a­tion and com­plaints put forth to sub­stan­ti­ate the need for the per­mits and fees are true, per­haps the money is needed. If you do not ob­serve the need for ad­di­tional po­lice or ex­tra clean-up is not needed, then there should be a move by the busi­ness com­mu­nity to fight the ini­ti­a­tion of re­quir­ing the per­mits and fees. What will you do? What else can you do about this is­sue as a county res­i­dent?

Have you ever had a pub crawl in Bal­ti­more County? Are there some ar­eas that have more than a few busi­nesses close by one another to make a crawl fun and pos­si­ble? Wouldn’t it make sense to keep our money in the county, sup­port­ing jobs and pay­ing taxes? Wouldn’t it be nice to have these events and have fun with­out caus­ing neigh­bors to com­plain about noise, traf­fic and lit­ter?

On another note, this is the end of the first quar­ter of 2016. It is time to re­mind ev­ery­one to look at your New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions. Are you still on track? Do you need to start again?

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