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Posted on: December 15, 2023

CITY COMMISSION HIGHLIGHTS FOR DECEMBER 12, 2023 CITY COMMISSION MEETING

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The Brownsville City Commission on a second and final reading passed an ordinance that will address BYOB or Bring Your Own Bottles establishments.

The new ordinance will require BYOB establishments to close their doors at 2:15 a.m. The City Commission passed the ordinance at its December 12, 2023, City Commission Meeting.

Although the BYOB ordinance takes effect immediately, BYOB owners will be given a grace period of 180 days to prepare for the new provisions. That 180 days grace period will be revoked in the business is cited with an infraction.

Other provisions of the new ordinance would require that a manager be on duty and that the minimum age to enter the business be set at 18.  In addition, parking areas would have to be well lit, a security officer on duty and proper signage.

The goal is to address the safety issues associated with these establishments, particularly during the early morning hours when people are heading to work and school.

“Having potentially intoxicated individuals on the street at 3, 4, 5 even at 6 in the morning is a public safety issue. People are getting up and getting ready to go to work at that time and children are getting ready to go to school,” Commander James Paschall said at an earlier City Commission Meeting.

The City Commission also voted in favor of allowing the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation defeasance or redemption of outstanding sales tax revenue bonds related to the Brownsville Sports Park.

Eliminating these bonds allows BCIC and the City of Brownsville to explore the development or sale of these parcels of land next to the Sports Park collaboratively.

The closing date for the final repayment of the debt obligations is expected to occur the first week of January 2024 with the transfer of the deeds of the developed areas Brownsville Sports Park to the City of Brownsville to happen shortly after.

In other business, the City Commission passed two proclamations that included:

One recognizing Ambassador Juan Carlos Cue Vega for his 38 years of serving as diplomat between Mexico and the United States.

The second recognizing Tad Hasse for his community and municipal service. Hasse served as a Boy Scouts Scout Master and he also served the City of Brownsville Municipal Court for 15 years in Information Technology.

 

 

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