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Restaurant Owners are saying Enough
Currently there are 5 lawsuits being pursued, and restaurant owners such as Michael Pace, Old Cutler Raw Bar, are ready to take it to Federal Court!
and taking legal action against Amendment 6!!
"We intend to seek an injunction from further enforcement until the issues are heard and resolved. This will hopefully stop all enforcement action statewide, so it is in everyone's interest to get on board."
Restaurants/ Bars are hurting financially and that means losses for everyone. One of our goals is to supply the legislators of this state Ban Loss information. Hopefully, this will make them understand the impact the Smoking Ban is having on everyone. If your sales are down please provide us with as much information as you can so we can include your losses in our "Ban Loss Information Page".
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Florida Businesses Say Smoking Ban Is Costly
Restaurants, Bars Losing Money To Those Exempt From Ban.
According to several bars and restaurants in the state, Florida's new smoking ban is costing them a lot of cash.
As owners tally up their year-end revenues, some businesses report profits are down as much as 40 percent since the law took effect July 1.
Restaurants said they're losing business to membership groups and organizations such as the VFW, which are exempted from the ban.
The American Lung Association opposed exemptions to the smoking ban from the start. But a spokeswoman said it's unclear if membership groups are really robbing restaurants of business.
Brenda Olsen said the ALA is working to measure the health impact of the exceptions to the law.
When state lawmakers drafted the law, they decided to exempt membership groups from the smoking ban.
SMOKING BANS - DESIRES VS. RIGHTS
Terry Gray – President – Forces Kentucky.
When debating the pros and cons of smoking bans, we need to ask whether it makes sense to protect and defend private individuals’ rights to their property. If we agree that private property rights should be protected, then we should make a clear distinction between private property and public property.
Omitting legal jargon and using common sense, private property belongs to a private owner, and public property belongs to the public or to some government entity that represents the interests of the general public.
Those who favor smoking bans prefer to consider bars and restaurants to be public property simply because the public is invited to visit those establishments. However, opponents of smoking bans recognize that the invitations to the public are by the graces of the private owners, and the property remains private property.
Let’s consider for a moment that you own a home and that you consider your home to be your private property. Do you give up your private property rights when you tell someone to, “Drop by any time?” What if you also tell that person to, “Bring some other folks along?”
Have you just issued a standing invitation to the public? Is your home no longer private and now considered to be public property? Where do we draw the line?
There is confusion between public property and private property primarily because some people, such as anti-smoking proponents, want to elevate their desires to the level of being legal rights. They choose to ignore what should be a clear distinction between private and public property so they can pretend that private businesses are actually owned by the public, thereby giving the public the right to control the use of the property while preventing the true property owner from controlling the use of his own property. Many business owners who take the risks and pay the price of ownership of their business property are suffering in areas of the country where smoking bans have been put into force. Those who promote smoking bans fail to see (or don’t care) that their desires for sweeping smoke-free environments are causing hardships for honest, hard-working people and their families. They fail to see (or don’t care) that their desires should be secondary to the rights of others.
Those supporting smoking bans know that they have the option of not supporting businesses that allow smoking. They know that they may patronize businesses that choose to ban smoking. But that is not enough for them. Do they not recognize the importance of respecting people’s right to control their own property? Do they not recognize the value of freedom?
The desires of anti-smoking groups should not take precedence over the rights of private citizens. When one person’s desires are allowed to trump another person’s rights, then all our rights can easily be swept away, and we have no protection from the tyranny of the majority.
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