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Council to vote on tougher rules for new nightclubs in New Britain

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

New Britain city leaders are expected to vote Wednesday night on tougher regulations for new nightclubs in the city.

The proposed measure comes after a pair of shootings in October at the former Club International on Broad Street, which recently closed its doors.

The mayor's office previously told Eyewitness News that he supports the idea, citing roughly 100 police responses to the former Club International this year.

Alderman Larry Hermanowski has proposed an ordinance that would require them to have multiple video cameras and metal detectors, when people go in. Private security and off-duty police would be needed when the crowds get big.

Any violators pay a $1,500 annual license fee.

"Considering what they charge for cover charges, if 150 people go in there, they already got their cover right there," said New Britain resident Chris Lamphiere.

Several residents that talked to Eyewitness News agreed with the proposal.

"No one should be against it, not even the nightclub owners," said Louis Perez of New Britain.

Hermanowski told the Common Council that it was businesses on Broad Street that came to City Hall asking for stricter nightclub rules to preserve their neighborhood.

"They need to. People are drunk and people want to fight, so it would be good," said Jeffrey Gumbs of New Britain. "It would be good to beef up security in New Britain."

The Common Council is expected to vote on the proposal at 7 p.m. inside the council chambers at New Britain City Hall.

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