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County Executive Baker Signs Emergency Dance Hall Bill

WI Staff Report | 7/27/2011, 7:16 a.m.
Bill improves public safety, responsibility, and accountability...
Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III

Violations described in CB-18-2011:

Dancing is not permitted between the hours of 2 A.M. and 11 A.M., or in violation of Section 5-198 of the County Code.

If the Prince George's Health Department finds that noise levels emanating from a dance hall are in excess of 50 decibels at the property line between the adult dance hall or teen dance hall and adjoining residential zone, or 62 decibels at the property line between the dance hall and adjoining commercial zone

[An] A licensee, owner, lessor, operator, promoter, [or] person in charge, or person in apparent charge of [a] an adult dance hall or a teen dance hall permits any disorderly conduct or allows a public nuisance to exist on his property.

A private club holds public dances as evidenced by advertising to attract the general public for an admission fee and the private club is not a nonprofit organization in possession of a valid County benefit performance permit issued under the requirements of Subtitle 5, Division 2, of this Code.

[An] A licensee, owner, lessor, operator, promoter, person in charge, or a person in apparent charge of an adult dance hall or a teen dance hall that permits an activity prohibited by the security plan.

[An] A licensee, owner, lessor, operator, promoter, person in charge, or a person in apparent charge of an adult dance hall or a teen dance hall that permits an activity that poses a threat to the health, safety and welfare of the public.

An] A licensee, owner, lessor, operator, promoter, a person in charge, or a person in apparent charge of an adult dance hall or a teen dance hall operates an adult dance hall or teen dance hall without the required license.

The Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources will administer the requirements of the new emergency law, which takes effect immediately.