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Boca Raton: Council votes to shorten hours at 5 a.m. bars

    Too much noise and too many complaints are some of the reasons Boca Raton City Council members last month decided the city’s only 5 a.m. bars would have to close at 2 a.m. like all others.
    Nippers, at 1751 N. Military Trail, and the Blue Martini, at 6000 Glades Road, are in an area annexed in 2003. City officials at the time agreed to grandfather in existing businesses that served alcohol until 5 a.m.
    But residents in the nearby Via Verde neighborhood say music from the Blue Martini keeps them up all night. The nightclub has been cited for noise violations several times.
    A spokesman for Nippers submitted online and paper petitions with more than 1,500 signatures in support of the 35-year-old neighborhood bar.
    Police provided city officials with dozens of pages of code violations, traffic stops, drug arrests, complaints of disturbing the peace and other violations that occurred over the years at the two bars.
    After much discussion, City Council members voted that the hours must be reduced.
    They gave both bars 120 days to comply.
— Sallie James

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