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Is Flagstaff’s New Party Ordinance Targeting A Local Gay Bar?

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Last night a representative from WHyld Ass Restaurant and Rainbow Rooftop Lounge spoke to the Flagstaff City Council about recent harassment by local police for noise and live music. According to this representative, both businesses have been following all of the noise requirements and are well under the legal decibel level. Despite complying with noise laws, the speaker told Council that “members of the public” have been charged and cited by Flag PD for noise violations.

My first reaction to hearing this complaint was wondering if police were now harassing businesses due to Flagstaff’s new party ordinance? If so, under the new ordinance, anyone at a public or private location where police are called could face a $250 fine for a first offense. This fine applies to anyone in the vicinity…even if they are not the ones causing the problem.

In the past, before the new party ordinance was approved, police would just go after the business owner. If private citizens are now being targeted, it would be the new party ordinance giving police the authority to do that.

An even scarier thought, as Flagstaff’s only gay bar, is it possible that people are reporting this establishment to the police simply because they disagree with the lifestyle this business supports? In other words, are we seeing Flagstaff’s party ordinance being used to target innocent individuals because someone does not like them?

I can’t say for sure but I will be looking into this issue further. If my fears turn out to be the case, everything I have been warning about regarding the party Ordinance is starting to happen.

Fight Back Against The Overreaching Party Ordinance

There are currently efforts underway to repeal or modify Flagstaff’s recently passed party ordinance. NAU students are working to get this back on a council agenda so council can revisit their concerns and there is also the possibility of an initiative being filed to give voters a say.

Meanwhile, there is a petition that you can sign HERE with more information on why this is a bad ordinance. I also encourage all of my readers to contact the Flagstaff City Council and tell them that this ordinance goes too far. You can email the entire Flagstaff City Council at: council@flagstaffaz.gov

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  1. they're scumbags!
    August 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    keep deleting my comments……..because i disagree? flag liberty hmmm…. more like flag shit heads.

    • August 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      We do not allow personal attacks, offensive name calling and accusations without sources on this page.

    • August 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      If you are going to attack people’s character you can at least be honest enough to use your real name.

  2. they're very not nice people
    August 27, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    it’s not a personal attack to say the truth. what offensive names did i call them?

  3. they're very not nice people
    August 27, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    if i remove “dirtbag” from my comment, is it then allowed?

    • August 27, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Your previous comments were full of name calling, accusations and criminal allegations without sources. Comments attacking people’s character without sources are not allowed on this blog. You’re also still not using your real name. Edit your comments to fit these parameters and we may let them stay.

  4. they're very not nice people
    August 27, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    also, most of those complaints come from personal experience. i therefore can have zero citation on that. also, several friends have had horrible experiences there and told me about it. where can i find citation for that?

    • August 27, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      You listed a number of criminal complaints that should have sources.

  5. they're very not nice people
  6. they're very not nice people
    August 27, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    are implying that every single criminal activity has an online source citing it?

    • August 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      I’m saying do a public records request and post a police report or find a newspaper article. Otherwise, don’t make accusations you can’t back up.

  7. they're very not nice people
    August 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    also, if someone is engaging is criminal activity, shouldn’t the community be made aware of it? why am i the jerk here?

  8. they're very not nice people
    August 27, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    what’s your real name?

  9. they're very not nice people
    August 27, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    here’s one of the owner’s mugshots. white guy on the bottom row. his name is keith allen wyatt.

    http://www.mugshotsonline.com/search?s=keith+allen+wyatt

  10. they're very not nice people
  11. they're very not nice people
    August 27, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    welcome to the internet. my anonymity is mine to keep.

  12. they're very not nice people
    August 27, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    DELETED

  13. sharlene davis
    August 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    i’m interested in reading his comments. the public has a right to know what’s going on.

    • August 27, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Hate speech and accusations without sources will not be tolerated here.

  14. Southside is dead
    August 27, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Liberty : censorship

    • August 27, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      I have had to delete over a dozen comments. Hate speech, personal attacks and threats are not acceptable here. All of the comments from you and everyone else breaking these rules are coming from the IP address 24.121.93.52. This means that you are all the same person. Please stop making threats or I will have to report this IP.

  15. September 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Deleting comments on a private blog is not “censorship” …. Also … If the city is wearing laws that are already oppressive toward business in general as a mask from behind which to add a layer of oppression toward specific subpopulation groups it finds distasteful, that is a seriously ethical breach and violation of the basic political standards of a free society. My question would be, what can LGBT liberty activists in Arizona do to help fight this?

  16. Stacey Salvaggio
    September 1, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    There has to be a way to word the noise ordinance so that a business owner is not fined for the actions of one or a group of patrons that he may likely put out, nor are individuals or groups singled out for ticketing. Of course the best way is for people to calm down, if you are in compliance with the zoning then have at it…but I am not so naive that I think that is happening right now

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