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No change in hours for nightclubs during Crankworx

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Council last week rejected an application from Whistler’s six nightclubs to extend their operating hours to 3 a.m. on the nights of Aug. 15 and 16 during the mountain biking festival Crankworx.

“The additional hour was not in direct support of the festival,” Frank Savage, planner for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, said to council.

“In fact, the festival organizers did not sanction the event and really did not support it… There was no extra transportation that would be provided by the proponents, and considering that the bus stops running at 3 a.m., it could create a problem for patrons to return home.”

RCMP officers also had some concerns about extending the hours of operation for Buffalo Bill’s, Moe Joe’s, Tommy Africa’s, Savage Beagle, Maxx Fish and Garfinkel’s, since their resources on summer nights are already stretched thin with the usual 2 a.m. closure.

And there was no specific event going on in any of these venues that would require this type of liquor license request, said Savage.

During the Tuesday’s council meeting, Councillor Bob Lorriman said he would also like to go on the record saying that the RMOW has a good partnership with the local nightclubs.

“Being a resort community, people are coming here and that type of entertainment is an important part of the business we are in, and they do provide a good environment for drinking,” said Lorriman.

“We are really lucky that we have great operators in this town, and they do a good job, and they work very closely with the RCMP.”

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