Judge Upholds New Panama City Spring Break Rules

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge in Tallahassee has denied a request by Panama City Beach nightclub owners to delay enforcement of ordinances designed to curb spring break mayhem.

The Panama City News Herald reports that U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker ruled against the club owners on Friday.

The club owners sought an injunction to keep the city from enforcing the ordinances during ongoing litigation they filed against the city. The club owners claim the city intended to target black spring breakers when it passed ordinances. The city says the laws are not racially motivated are designed to protect the safety of the community.

Friday’s ruling means the new ordinances will be in place for spring break 2016. The judge cited a need for public safety in his ruling.

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Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com

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