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Later bar hours keeping St. Petersburg officers busy

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Article appearing in tomorrow’s St. Petersburg Times:

In the city’s first weekend with longer drinking hours, police saw a marked uptick in calls for service.

They responded to 131 calls after 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings, a 22 percent increase from the previous weekend. Those calls resulted in 38 incident reports after 2 a.m., up from 23 last weekend.

The increase validates St. Petersburg police Chief Chuck Harmon’s warning to the City Council before its May 6 vote to extend bar and club closing times from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. Harmon said the extra hour would require more officers to work later into the morning because there would be more incidents. Continue reading here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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