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Oktibbeha supervisors OK new nightclub ordinance

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — New bars, restaurants and entertainment venues in Oktibbeha County will have to obtain annual operating permits and follow minimum life-safety standards.

The changes were approved Tuesday by the county board of supervisors and takes effect in 30 days.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/UpV5JG ) county officials began drafting a new ordinance after a March shooting injured five people at Club Rock.

The new ordinance sets operating hours of noon to 1 a.m. Patrons must leave 30 minutes later.

The ordinance also lists minimum safety standards including a minimum of two points of egress from the facility's assembly area. Proper emergency lighting and signs are also required.

Ordinance violations are considered a misdemeanor and carry a mandatory $500 minimum fine, 90 days in jail or both.

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from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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