The Pub Crawls — Part 2
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?