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The complaints in San Pedro have mostly been about terrible conditions of streets, and dust and poor beaches and dirty areas, but lately they have been about bars.  The complaints are about noise pollution in some bars that are not sound proof, late opening hours and lately also the fact that prostitution is rampant and blatant in many bars on the island.

One caller to the  radio morning show lamented: “I am disgusted that I am taking my children to school in the morning and we bump into these three prostitutes, half naked and drunk making a dirty scene right in front of their bar. My children have to put up with this and I must give explanations to them.”

“But this and many other irregularities are going to stop,” said Jennie Staines, Chairperson of the San Pedro Liquor Licensing Board. She explained that the committee, which includes the Mayor, is going to make some dramatic changes to solve these problems that have been plaguing San Pedro for ages.

“People will get mad at me, but I will do what the law and the act stipulate,” she added.  According to Jennie, the Liquor Licensing Board will demand that all bars with loud music systems be sound proof or they will be shut down if they do not comply. They will also see to it that not all bars repeatedly get extensions to open to very late hours. All bars must close down at midnight as is the law. Extension permits are a privilege and will be issued on special occasions, but not an automatic and constant procedure.  

As to the issue of widespread prostitution, Jennie explained that the committee will need the cooperation of the community and neighborhoods where these brothels are located. They are asking for letters with neighborhood signatures be submitted to the Board. Of course, the issue must be proven and that will be a matter to be taken by the Licensing Board.

And to prove that they are dead serious, Jennie and the Board have issued a release informing all grocery stores and supermarkets that hold liquor licenses that they shall NOT be allowed to open for business on Good Friday. Restaurants may open for that day, but they shall not be allowed to serve liquor to any patrons. Failure to comply with the law and this request shall result in closure of the business license.

On Good Friday all discotheques, night clubs and liquor establishments shall remain closed and only open for business until 9p.m. Again failure to comply will carry stiff penalties. Jennie claims that already she is not a popular person with some of the business establishments, but she is determined to make things right now. The positive news is that the San Pedro citizenry is in full support of Jennie and her committee. Hopefully we will get things right this time around.

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18 Comments

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     This all sounds good and I am sure San Pedro will support the Liquor Licensing Board.  But it is oped that the committee will send out supervisors to monitor the illegal opening of these businesses as well as the closure of establishments at the manatory time.  They are the authority and have the duty to monitor, not just sit back and expect reports.

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    Wonderful! I've just had 12 cancellations from an expected incoming party of tourists as a result of this decree.

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    Stop being ignorant and selfish. In the short run it may hurt you, but in the long run (if the problem is fixed) it will be much better and you'll have more tourists. 

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    SO....  NON-PUBLICLY ELECTED PERSONEL......ARE NOW MAKING AND ENFORCING  LAWS...HMMMMM?

    [gatta see how  that works  out--lol]

     

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    but let us hope it is done with every business and not to have favoritism or political inclined establishments that will get away all the time and continue disrupting the peace of the islanders

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    The most of the San Pedranos like to be drunk every night. Don't take away the only relegion they have.

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    OH COMON!!! Did they expect Sunday Service when moving near a bar?!?!?

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    I agree with the position of the Liquor Licensing Board because too much nonsense is happening in that area. Late last year, a young lady was brought to San Pedro from main land by an old lady who seems to own a bar here. The youg lady was told that she was needed to work as a waitress at a high class tourist restaraunt in San Pedro so she agreed to follow the old lady but when she arrived here she was taken to a bar by the lagoon side where she was told that that is where she is going to work. The young lady did not agree to work at such a place so she was abandoned out there on the street. Fortunately for the youg girl, she has family memers working here so she managed to get in touch with them and was taken care of by them. If she did not have family members here, she would have had to work at the bar as a prostitute just to get a place to stay and money to pay her passage to go back home.  There needs to be laws in place to punish bar operators who do this to young girls for their own benefits. 

    Those young ladies who prefer to stay and work at those bars are real prostitutes and thieves. They beg the costumers for a drink and when a costumer agrees to buy a drink for them they get juice or water in a Light House beer bottle prepared for them beforehand, and they charge the costumers $8. or $10.00 for each bottle. When the costumers get drunk, those young ladies pretend to be loving the costumers by hugging and rubbing them purposely to get their sticky fingers into the costumers' pockets.  A few costumers have caught those young ladies stealing from them, but when problems start and the police is called in, the bar operators always get the support of the police because they say that the costumers are drunk and don't know what they are saying. So the costumers, who are also the victims, are the ones who are always imprisoned for fighting for their belongings. 

    I hope actions are taken to remedy these problems in San Pedro Town for the good of the people. 

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    The law does not say that you cannot drink. It says that no liquor is to be SOLD on Good Friday. You can purchase your liquor a day BEFORE if  you so desire to drink on Good Friday. What is all the FUSS about.

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    In as much as the Committee is trying to execute its duties, I believe that they are over exerting their powers by forcefully closing establishments.  I am no lawyer nor business person but I am certain that forcing stores to close and loose business sales is unconstitutional. 

    I agree that there are problems with loud noise, prostitutions etc. but to force a business to loose money is just not right.  I think their intentions are noble, but ill thought out.  San Pedro may begin to see tourist decline if this is to be the way.

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