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Dance hall ordinance adopted

With little fanfare, the Sunnyside City Council last week passed a new ordinance regulating dance halls.

Dance halls are establishments rented to private parties, for such events as baptisms and wedding receptions. Examples of dance halls in the city of Sunnyside include Navarro's Community Center, The Forum and Venus Dance Hall.

Owners of such facilities are now required to obtain a dance hall license, which is subject to annual review.

In addition, those renting a dance hall still must obtain a special events permit that will be reviewed by the Sunnyside Police Department.

The Sunnyside Police Department, depending upon the maximum occupancy of the facility where an event is to be held, will determine the number of police officers necessary for the event.

The new regulations can be found in the city of Sunnyside Municipal Code. Titles five and 17 of the code define dance halls and provide licensing requirements, as well as guidelines for permitted use.

A complete copy of the newly established ordinance can be found on the city's website at www.ci.sunnyside.wa.us/news/ordinances.php or at city hall.

The ordinance was adopted unanimously at the Monday, Nov. 22, city council meeting.

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