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Bay St. Louis council considers restrictions on bars

While the Bay St. Louis City Council considers a noise ordinance and other restrictions on the entertainment district, bar and tavern owners are worried they may be put out of business.

The Sun Herald reports dozens of residents attended the council’s workshop Monday, many of them airing grievances with the city’s liberal policy on loud music, lights and hours of operation for venues along the beach downtown and in the Depot District.

Many are calling for the council to restrict music after 10 p.m. or to even restrict bars from remaining open later than 10 p.m. Others said midnight would be fine with them, and some said 2 a.m. is a more reasonable hour.

Bar owner Roger Kaplinger says restrictions on hours would likely force him to close his business.

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