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Florida Town Bans Dance Clubs, Skating Rinks

They draw 'unlawful and/or undesirable activities,' city manager explains
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2012 2:22 PM CDT
Florida Town Bans Dance Clubs, Skating Rinks
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Somebody get Ren McCormack on the phone. The town of Weston, Fla., has passed an ordinance that specifically bans nightclubs, dance halls, and skating rinks, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. None of those establishments has ever existed in the suburban town, and the mayor says they want to keep it that way. "This is something that we thought would protect the city," he says.

Clubs and skating rinks have a nasty habit of attracting "large crowds," and "unlawful and/or undesirable activities," the town's city manager explains, citing recent incidents with drugs and alcohol at county nightclubs. Violence has also been a problem in Florida clubs, with 20 people shot and killed in the past 10 years. But what of the Weston youth desperate to shake their groove things? They'll have to settle for school dances and events at the YMCA, the city commissioner says. (Read more dance stories.)

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