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Help save the arts in Rochester, NY

Bread & Water Theatre is being asked to get an entertainment center license by the RPD and by extension the city of Rochester. This license costs $425-$475 and is renewed every January 1st. The purpose of the license is to facilitate inspections of the applicant to ensure they are in compliance with local codes. BWT's venue is already inspected on a regular basis and there is no need for a second round of inspections with such a high dollar cost.

Payment of the $425-$475 fee could severely curtail BWT's efforts to bring new theatre to the Rochester area. If the fee isn't paid, we risk being shut down.

THIS ISSUE NOT ONLY EFFECTS BWT, BUT ALL OTHER BUSINESSES WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS. Any organization that does the following can be asked to pay this fee.: poetry/book readings, music performances, events with DJ's, theatre performances, performance art and any other sort of function that can loosely be described as entertainment.

Help us repeal or revise this law so that it does not needlessly harm organizations by imposing fees for redundant government inspections.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Deputy Mayor of Rochester, NY
    Leonard E. Redon
  • At-Large Councilmember
    Carolee Conklin
  • At-Large Councilmember
    Matt Haag
  • At-Large Councilmember
    Jacklyn Ortiz
  • At-Large Councilmember
    Adam McFadden
  • Rocheser City Council
    The City of Rochester
  • At-Large Councilmember
    Dana K. Miller
  • At-Large Councilmember
    Elaine M. Spaull
  • President City Council
    Lovely A. Warren
  • Assistant to the Mayor
    Darryl Porter

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