Council may require license for 'rave' clubs
By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer
A for-profit music or dance club that doesn't serve alcohol would have to get a $500 annual license from the City of Hagerstown under a law the City Council is considering.
City Council members reviewed an Entertainment Clubs licensing law Tuesday, and are expected to discuss the matter again Tuesday. A vote on the proposed law has not been scheduled.
While some council members had questions about language in the proposed law, no council members said they opposed it.
Police Chief Arthur Smith said he asked for the law because there is no oversight for music or dance clubs that do not have liquor licenses, but permit patrons to bring their own alcoholic beverages.
Smith said the issue came to his attention earlier this year when a "rave" club opened for a few weeks on North Potomac Street across from City Hall.