madamehel (madamehel) wrote in riverside_ratz,
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JSO Dart goes after/raids another gay/alternative club

Pearl Raided and shut down:

http://news.jacksonville.com/justin/2008/09/12/the-pearl-raided-by-cojs-dart-team/

2 relative/informative comments:

Just concerned! Says:

September 12th, 2008 at 12:02 pm
I just wanted to add some light to the subject. The DART team is headed by Council Member Don Redman (a proud member of First B. Church).

I wonder what the true motivation is behind sutting down businesses that generate revenue for the city during a horrible economic time. I am sure in a year the city will need more increases because they aren’t bringing in enough in tax revenues


Stevie Says:

September 12th, 2008 at 12:03 pm
The FTU is not properly reporting this story. There is only two JSO officers involved in these raids. They only come along for “security” purposes and presence. The ATF, FBA, fire marshall, and code enforcement are the ones conducting the “raids”. While these agencies are doing what they are suppose to be doing, which is enforcing alcohol regulation laws and building codes (they are not involved in solving murders), I think that it is obvious they are targeting gay establishments. They raided Metro, Incahoots, and Park Place (gay bars) all on Friday nights. These are the club’s busiest nights and it would keep them shut down for the weekend. Thursday night is Pearl’s “gay” night, although it is a very mixed (straight/gay) crowd. I think that anyone accepting of the gay lifestyle should be very concerned.
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