Portuguese Parliament, Tourism of Portugal and Lagos Municipality: Save the Nightlife in Lagos
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Exmo Senhor Presidente da Assembleia da Republica Portuguesa
Exmo Senhor Presidente do Turismo de Portugal
Exmo Senhor Presidente do Turismo do Algarve
Exmo Senhor Presidente da Camara Municipal de Lagos
As a patron, and/or as a visitor to Lagos, and/or as a tourist, and/or as an investor intending to visit Lagos in the future, I do hereby inform you that I do NOT AGREE with any of the proposed changes described in Article 2, Article 3, Article 6 and Article 15 of the Lagos Council Edital No 242/2012 dated the 12 December 2012, which is in the phase of public consultation until 12 January 2013.
Should the Lagos Council decide to proceed with the approval and implementation of the by-laws described in the above “Edital”, which has the potential to negatively affect the current nightlife experiences in Lagos, that I as a patron, and/or as a visitor and/or as a tourist, and/or as an investor expect, you are hereby notified that it will greatly affect my choice of Lagos and the Algarve as a tourism, and/or holiday, and/or business, and/or investment destination.
In other words, I would most probably select another alternative location to enjoy my leisure, business or investment activities.
In view thereof, I respectfully request that the proposal’ and/or changes proposed to the “status-quo” described in the said “Edital” be cancelled.
THE LAGOS LOCAL GOVERMENT AGENCY, NAMELY THE CAMARA MUNICIPAL DE LAGOS IS LOOKING AT:
1. THE CREATION OF A SPECIAL CATEGORY (CATEGORY 5) UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF EDITAL 242/2012, WHICH COULD BE INTERPRETED AS BEING AN UFAIR AND ANTI-COMPETITIVE ACTION AGAINST OTHER OPERATORS AND BUSINESSES IN LAGOS.
2. THAT THE PROPOSED SOUND/NOISE MONITORING SYSTEM DESCRIBED UNDER ARTICLE 6 OF EDITAL 242/2012 MAY BE SEEN AS AN ATTEMPT TO BENEFIT UNSPECIFIED BUSINESS PROVIDERS.
3. THAT THE GROUNDS FOR JUSTIFICATION OF THE NEED FOR A SPECIAL NOISE/SOUND MONITORING SYSTEM IS AN UNCESSARY EXPENSE LEVIED ON THE LAGOS BUSINESS SECTOR AS NOISE/SOUND CONTROL IS ALREADY ADDRESSED UNDER NATIONAL NOISE/SOUND CONTROL LAWS.
WHAT WE WANT
We want the proposed changes to be cancelled.
We appoint as our representative in the Algarve, ASMAA – The Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association and instruct its management to sit down with the government, in the joint function of being representatives of the public and of the affected businesses, so that real solutions can be reached instead of the proposed changes which I deem to be sort-sighted and anti-competitive policies.
1. Despite what some of the lesser forms of media would tell you about crime and violence in the Algarve, the facts are that Lagos has a fairly low violence and other related crime rate.
2. Taxis/cabs will become impossible to obtain, and many smaller bars will be put into bankruptcy if further restrictions on licenses are to go ahead.
3. In November 2005 London extended its drinking hours and lifted its lockout to battle the number of assaults and drunken behaviour; it worked and continues to be extended further.
The London tests have found that binge drinking decreased overall because patrons could spread out their drinking over a longer period of time.
4. There is no proof that reducing the hours that a venue is opened will decrease violence, decrease drinking, or decrease public disturbances, in fact there’s strong evidence to the contrary as more people spill out onto the street at the same time looking for alternatives or to go home.
5. Nightlife in Lagos only starts at about 23h00 in the evening. And in the summer it starts at 24h00 because the sun goes down late.
Bartenders, security, venue owners/operators will all lose revenue as working hours decrease and there is less money to go around in a recessive saturated industry.
In unsure economic times like today, it is unfair to cripple an industry that so many working families rely on for their income.
Bars, Clubs and Restaurants are already highly regulated and scrutinised.
With the proposed changes people will be more inclined to drink in the street or outside closed off venues, causing an increase in noise and public disturbances.
Infringement on people’s rights to visit the venues of their choice! Restriction on what should be their choice is a blatant violation of their rights.
The fact that these places can operate at a profit proves that there is a market for people who like to listen to music, mingle with others or have fun at all hours of the night.
Lagos is a dynamic and well promoted tourism destination and not all people work 9-5.
Tourist, visitors, residents, shift workers, hospitality workers and general night owl’s are being discriminated against.
Workers’ rights: the government has failed to take into account the ramifications this will have on hospitality workers. Most of these people work hard all night so Lagos visitors and residents can socialise after a hard weeks work or during their visit to the Lagos council area. I must ask, if these same workers are not entitled to socialise with their co-workers and friends after they finish scrubbing our dishes, cleaning our glasses, serving us drinks and taking our orders
Increased Street traffic is a major outcome of these new laws.
In the towns in other countries where these laws were introduced people naturally spilled out of the bars, restaurants and nightclubs and onto the street causing police to be overrun with violence and disorderly behaviour.
People not able to get home – not enough taxis/cabs (not to mention associated issues with cab drivers being unwilling to take intoxicated passengers) will result in more people on the streets not able to find a way home
People unable to exit a venue to get fresh air or food.
Police will be unable to handle increase in street traffic/assaults – as their resources are already stretched.
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