Panama City Creates New "Nocturnal Inspection" Office To Crack Down On Noise
Tuesday, February 26 2013 @ 03:17 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
According to Javier Ortega, President Muncipal Council, the idea of performing these inspections came after the constant complaints being registered by residents in Calle Uruguay and other sectors about trash and clutter, and the excess noise coming from these nightclubs.
Ortega also spoke about the delay in opening this office, because it was supposed to have been opened during the month of January 2013, but at least that problem has been resolved.
A representative of City Hall through a press release said the function of this office will be to oversee all of the commercial establishments who sell liquor in open or closed containers.
The statement also said the office would fine those establishments that present irregularities with noise, health issues, or other problems.
The office will also focus on construction sites and buildings that are under construction to make sure they are complying with all laws, the spokesman said.
The inspectors will work on a schedule from 6:00 pm until 3:00 am on weekdays, and from 8:00 pm until 4:00 am on weekends.
Fernando Wilson, owner of Wilson Karaoke said the night entertainment sector has been affected not only by the "Carrot Law" but also by regulations passed to limit noise.
Wilson said the owners of these places cannot take any more, which is why this new office should report more about these aspects than what they are going to inspect. (Siglo)
Editor's Comment: A full time office of "Nocturnal Inspection"? Why not? Before any time they wanted to conduct an inspection they would have to pull people who were working a normal Monday through Friday day shift, and press them into service for a "special" inspection during night and weekend hours. Good idea. Think these guys will be collecting much in bribes to look the other way? There were probably fistfights over the positions in this office...