Been going to 152 for several years now, usually on the third floor, but sometimes on the first floor. I have never witnessed drug sales there, not once. I did see someone try to smoke marijuana in there one time, but the bouncers caught dude within seconds literally, basically tackled him and escorted him out rather promptly.
The reality is that Club 152 makes a ton of money via legitimate sales, so there is no way in hell they would risk it getting shut down for a little extra income from drug sales. The owners probably want to ensure their club is drug free more than the city does. Think how much income they are losing from it being closed right now, especially this past weekend during BBQfest.
The city needs to understand that they make a ton in tax revenues from Beale Street and the restaurants and clubs there. There is a demand for these nightclubs, and that demand is not going away. The tax revenues the city and county collect from sales taxes and property taxes is significant, at least a million bucks a year, from Club 152 alone. That revenue of course funds the schools and (ironically) the police force. That being said, I do think it would be fair for the city to implement some sort of law/policy whereby Club 152 should have to pay for the additional police officers required to police the club and right outside. I am sure another city has implemented such a policy, and it would make sense. Taxation works when those that use city resources pay for them through taxes.
I know you older folks, well, you basically get nothing out of Beale Street, but please remember than many of the younger people in this city enjoy it very much. It is fun, and it is generally safe. My friends and I have been going to Beale for about ten years now, and we have never had one bad incident happen. That being said, of course there has been crime, but the reality is also that there are going to be a few police calls here and there at any club that is on or near Beale when there are 10-15,000 people that come through there every weekend.
By Joe Boone
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