OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (VLOX) – With Memorial Day weekend ahead, bars and restaurants in downtown Ocean Springs are gearing up for the busy nights ahead. These corporations are carrying out so with an added concentrate on maintaining their prospects secure, much less than a month immediately after the mass shooting at The Scratch Kitchen.
“I believe we can only sustain a culture of security if we produce a culture of security,” stated Kenny Williams.
Williams owns and operates Mosaic along with 3 other bars and restaurants in downtown Ocean Springs. He stated making a culture of security begins with generating certain everybody is on the identical web page.
“I believe we require to function with each other far better as organization owners to share communications,” Williams stated.
Final week, Williams gathered with other downtown organization owners, such as Bill Yockey of Rooftop Taco and Tequila Bar. They met with city leaders and brainstormed suggestions to protect against future violent incidents.
“If we ask a person to leave our location, we’ll make certain our mates at Neon Moon or across the street at Glory Bound communicate with us and communicate with us,” Yockey stated.
“If we know a person is not exactly where they are supposed to be or they are carrying out some thing they are not supposed to be carrying out, we require a way to share that communication two methods — not just with each and every other, but with the neighborhood police,” Williams stated.
Ideally, communication would be rapid and simple.
“We’re going to attempt to discover an app that we can all go on so we never have to make 7 or eight telephone calls.” You can just go to the app and inform everyone what the issue is,” Yockei stated.
Also, an improved police presence in the city center with extra lighting on the street is planned.
“We asked to turn on the parking lights surrounding Vlade Street,” Jockey stated. “We really feel like a lot of the terrible items that have occurred have been persons partying in the parking lot and then going into the bars and restaurants a small additional than they must have.”
In spite of the current act of violence at The Scratch Kitchen, Williams is carrying out almost everything he can to make certain it really is an isolated incident.
“This is an exceptionally secure spot, if you take the information ten to 20 years out, this is a actually secure spot and we want to encourage persons to come and do organization in Ocean Springs,” Williams stated.
Each Williams and Yockey stated they use ID scanners to protect against minors from getting into. Also, firearms are not permitted in retailers, safety guards actively watch for firearms and take measures to maintain them away.
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