Daytona Beach plans to crack down on hookah bars – WFTV


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — More changes may be coming to Daytona Beach’s entertainment district.

Neighbors complained of problems with drunkenness, fights and vandalism.

In June, the city issued an ordinance forcing bars to close an hour earlier. However, the city said closing bars at 2 a.m. hasn’t emptied the area as it hoped and people are instead congregating at hookah bars, which are open until 3 a.m. morning.

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However, hookah pub owners said they weren’t the problem.

Now the city is planning to reclassify hookah lounges so that they close at the same time as bars.

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The city also plans to end parallel parking around 10 p.m. except for taxis, Ubers and Lyfts.

A hookah bar owner has pushed back, telling Channel 9 they don’t have the same issues with fights and crowd control as bars and that feeling forced to close an hour earlier would only hurt to their business.

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