More on the Smoking Crackdown

Club owners answering notices to appear at court about smoking in their establishments were shocked to find out that a $200 or $2000 dollar fine wasn’t on the agenda. As reported in the Daily News a revocation of their food and beverage permit was the order of the day. This doomsday approach to the smoking ban has sent ripples through clubland, which was probably the idea. I received calls from owner/management types looking for an attorney with experience with the health department. Others called to see if a class action suit could be organized to stop the constant harassment of nightspots by the city. The clubs in big trouble are M2 ultra lounge, The Box, Lit, Southside, and the Imperial.

(‘DiggThis’)Security guards have been waving flashlights in peoples faces to put cigarettes out for years, but the effort often comes in waves, in reaction to law enforcement’s attitude of the day. Management types will now need to strictly enforce the rule or they will be downsized into soda fountains and juice bars. The problem is: What can a responsible owner do to stop a random patron from lighting up? When does enforcement of regulations, rules and laws fall to the business and not city agencies? Does a club have the right to physically toss out a patron who doesn’t comply? Will this not result in hundreds of fights and arguments? Why not let the cops do their jobs and hand out stiff fines to the violating patron and not the club. Now if a club makes zero effort– and there are those who fit this bill—that’s another story. And the story that the city is going with in targeting these five places. A caller asked me how many people would lose their jobs if these five joints ashed out. I figure around 400. That’s a lot of people on the street when jobs just don’t exist. Hopefully these innocent workers and their families will not suffer because of this situation.

Look I can’t live without Lit, it’s all that is left. Can Lit live without smoking? It will have to and that’s that. Smoking is a disgusting and invasive habit that costs taxpayers millions. I’m all for rubbing it out altogether in enclosed habitats. Let’s hope these places get off with a warning and jobs are saved. Let’s hope cooler heads place the burden and the fines on the smokers, not the clubs.

The 25th annual Winter Music Conference will be held in Miami from March 23 to 27. With it comes the International Dance Music Awards. These nominations are a guide to what’s really going on globally in electronic dance music. Here are some relevant NYC nominations: Best American DJ: Danny Tenaglia, Best American DJ: Erick Morillo, Best Podcast: Pacha NYC, Best Music Event: Electric Zoo, Best Event Promoter: Made Event, Best Event Promoter: Rob Fernandez, Best US Club: Pacha NYC, Best US Club: Cielo, Best Club Sound System Design: Pacha, NYC – Infinite Audio, Best Club Sound System Design: Cielo, NYC – Funktion One. For a complete list of nominations go here.

Lastly, I am indeed DJing once again, tonight at Seamus Regan’s Salon 13 opening. No, I did not design it and, yes, it is a salon, not a joint. Yes I am as awful as ever, and no I wont play anything but rock and a little funk/soul. It’s from 8 to 10 on 13th and Avenue B. If you cant come because you need to see Avatar for the 13th time, I will be DJing again on February 2nd for my birthday, at Lit…hopefully

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