Meeting With Bar Owners “Extremely Productive”

July 18, 2013

“Extremely productive and an excellent opening dialogue,” said the Minister of Public Safety Michael Dunkley after his meeting with owners and operators of licensed premises yesterday [July 17].

Close to thirty stakeholders including community club presidents, bar owners, restaurateurs, CADA representatives and nightclub operators came together at the Minister’s invitation to discuss the changing needs of security for their businesses.

“We had a good cross section of liquor license holders present and attendees shared their challenges with security and provided some useful suggestions for improving the experience of their patrons,” the Minister said.

Accompanied by Junior Minister of Public Safety Senator Jeff Baron, Minister Dunkley reiterated the Government’s commitment to providing a safe environment for the public who enjoy various clubs and nightspots in Bermuda.

The Minister continued, “We understand the challenges in this economy of turning a profit and anything we can do to help business owners improve their product as well as ensuring that community clubs can provide safe fellowship for their members and friends is critical.”

Included among the initiatives discussed in the meeting were:

  • Implementing a “banned from one, banned from all” policy for some licensed premises,
  • Broad support for mandatory ID checks at licensed premises
  • Stronger enforcement of bans already in place (including more workable legislation apart from the Summary Offences Act 1926)
  • Standardized training for security guards to ensure common standards across the industry, and
  • Better sharing of information between businesses in conjunction with the Police

The Minister concluded, “Overall, I was pleased with today’s meeting. Over the years attempts to bring these groups together have had mixed success. Our aim is to keep the lines of communication open and to assure the public that we will work with these business owners to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Our intention is to broaden our approach and reach out to security guards and private investigators and to organize a similar discussion with them. We all have a part to play and we are all in this together.”

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  1. Sandgrownan says:

    Adults in charge finally…

  2. Robert says:

    Sorry, but i just dont trust Michael dunkley

    • bun out says:

      you don’t even trust ya self

    • Sandgrownan says:


    • Jiminy Cricket says:

      @Robert (or anyone else who would like to comment)
      Is there any reason why you don’t trust Michael Dunkley? Has he commented on or pushed initiatives in the past and turned out to be disingenuous?

      He seems to keep his focus on the tasks given (Ministry of Public Safety for now) and makes little public comment on anything outside of that. I’d say he’s one of our most competent Ministers we have.

    • Field Negro says:

      I dont trust him either

  3. watching says:

    Definitely playing politics.

    • Sandgrownan says:

      In what way? Explain.

      • Time Shall Tell says:

        A lot of what is being claimed here is just a slight extension to what was already agreed upon under the previous government. ID checks, mandatory training for security guards, the ratio of guards required for given size of venue, getting the police more involved. Nothing entirely new here, sometimes I wonder about the attention spans on this island when things are forgotten so soon. This isn’t the first time a rehash has been bought forth to be passed off as a new idea by this present government (before you label me PLP, I have to remind those that don’t know that I don’t support party politics (it allows collective mediocrity over individual meritocracy).

        • Sandgrownan says:

          He’s doing what we pay him for? And it looks a-political too, sorry not getting the Dunkley-hate.

  4. Clive Spate says:

    Crime at its lowest rate since 2000!!

    I think he’s playing it quite well.

  5. SoMuchMore says:

    a man that works while the other just takes pics all day smh

  6. Sir George Somers says:

    They need to crack down on the underage drinkers, especially those underage girls!! You contemplate chatting some girls in that bar but you don’t even know if they’re at least 16 years old, I just stay away from all of them.