Tampa Leaders Discuss Violence Prevention with SoHo Residents


Tampa leaders met with residents Wednesday night to address violence in the South Howard Avenue neighborhood following a tragic shooting early Sunday that left two people dead.

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Neighbors voiced their concerns to officials, including Mayor Jane Castor and Police Chief Lee Bercaw. They highlighted issues such as loud music from bars and unruly behavior from patrons. Residents suggested increasing surveillance cameras in the area and enforcing capacity limits at bars and clubs.

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The residents expressed a desire for a safer environment, preferring a community-friendly atmosphere with corner bars, sports bars, and pubs that everyone can enjoy while maintaining cleanliness and safety.

City officials acknowledged the concerns but noted legal limitations regarding earlier closing times for businesses. Police Chief Bercaw mentioned ongoing discussions with some businesses about the possibility of voluntarily closing early to improve safety.