Cape Coral bar hour special meeting

Posted at 6:59 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 19:02:26-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Today, Cape Coral City leaders revisited it's decision to end a controversial extended bar hours pilot program. The South Cape Community Redevelopment Advisory Board is now recommending the City Council reconsider it's initial decision. 

Earlier this week, the council voted against a one-year extension to the program, allowing bars to remain open until four in the morning. The decision was made in light of growing crime in the area. 

This decision sparked outrage among several bar owners. 

The majority of the South Cape Community Redevelopment Advisory Board met with members of the community, with the majority of the board voting in favor of the city council taking another look at the late night last call. 

The owner of Dixie Roadhouse did not vote on the issue, and one member is completely against the idea of City Council revisiting the issue. 

Part of the debate is the amount of added security that will be needed if the bars stay open until 4 AM. The cost for the security would be $75,000 and the establishments would be fitting the bill. 

The City Council is meeting on Monday to decide if they will actually be revisiting the issue.