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South Bend Committee asks Club Fever owner about public safety


Just over a week ago we told you about a double shooting outside of Club Fever in Downtown South Bend.  Monday South Bend Council members questioned the club's owner to come up with ways to prevent the same thing from happening again.

We spoke to a neighbor who lives in the Robertson's Apartments across the street from Club Fever, Kenneth Cowles.  He said, "After I heard about the shooting, I was really concerned."

Cowles said noise outside the club constantly wakes him up, and the shooting really has him worried.  "It happened once.  It could happen again."

The Club's owner, Dee Davis, said he is doing what he can to make sure it doesn't happen again.  He spoke to the South Bend Health and Public Safety Committee Monday about the shooting saying on February 28th, "The DJ brought in several guests with him that we were not aware of about 20 after two a fight broke out upstairs from a patron who had just arrived 15 minutes before that."

Davis told the Committee after the fight the club escorted people out and shut down.  Workers heard the gunshots outside after they had closed and everyone left.

Davis said he immediately started thinking of ways of preventing this in the future.  He told the committee, "We now have a promoter agreement I put together the next day."

Davis said a big part of that agreement is capacity, it will now be set ahead of time.  And the artist's guest lists will be included in that capacity.

The agreement also says any advertising for the event must be approved by Club Fever, so artists can't advertise to whoever they want through Facebook.

Also, if any artist seems to be enticing violence Davis says they now have a way to just push a button and silence the artist immediately.

Councilman Derek Dieter said he was impressed with the steps Davis has taken.  "You can tell he's someone who's genuine, who really wants to make sure something like this doesn't happen again."

There is an ordinance on the books that requires certain places, like Club Fever, to follow extra safety precautions.  The owner said he's in compliance but admits he still has to file some paperwork.

Plus the ordinance hasn't been enforced since 2005 so council members recognize it needs some tweaking.

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