Pine Bluff rejects earlier closing times for clubs

PINE BLUFF— Pine Bluff leaders have rejected a proposal calling for earlier closing times for bars and clubs in the city.

The measure was sponsored by Mayor Debe Hollingsworth and aldermen Bill Brumett and Wayne Easterly. The three say earlier closing times would reduce crime.

The ordinance would have required clubs to close at 1 a.m. instead of the current closing time of 5 a.m. The measure failed Monday with only the ordinance's sponsors voting for the measure.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Pine Bluff police have been called to nightclub addresses 728 times since 2010, with the majority of calls coming between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Aldermen Steven Mays says he voted against the proposal because he heard from many constituents who were opposed to the earlier closing times.