Brentwood leaders consider additional smoking ban - KMOV.com

Brentwood leaders consider additional smoking ban

(KMOV) -- Brentwood city leaders are considering a smoking ban that would place additional restrictions on bars.

When a county-wide ban goes into effect January 1st, 2011 in Saint Louis, bars like the Double D lounge in Brentwood would be exempt.  Double D's food sales total much less than 25 percent of the bar's gross receipts and it could still allow smokers to light up inside under the county's smoking ban. 

This month, Brentwood's Board of Alderman is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking in any bar - taking the county's ban a step further.

"Our mayor felt in order to level the playing field for all the bars and restaurants in Brentwood that the board should consider banning it in all bars and restaurants here," said City Administrator Chris Seemayer.

Read Brentwood's ordinance here:  www.brentwoodmo.org/DocumentView.aspx

Jim Wideman, manager of the Double D Lounge, says he expects to lose some customers if Brentwood's restrictions are passed.

"They want to make it fair for everybody in Brentwood, but it's also going to hurt their tax revenue, their tax base. We feel people will go someplace else," said Wideman.

Currently, Clayton and Kirkwood have ordinances on the books that ban smoking in all bars.

Brentwood's Board of Alderman is expected to vote on it's ordinance at the next board meeting on August 16th.

Diana Zoga is a general assignment reporter at News4.  Email Diana at dzoga@kmov.com or follow Diana on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DIANAZOGA

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