But then, again who cares about the will of the people...
So at what point in a "Democracy" do things get "settled" and thus no longer subject to a vote?
Considering we voted on it in November, and it's actually been in affect for about three months, there's now way anyone can argue with any degree of certainty if the ban has had a negative or positive impact on bar business. This thing should have been allowed to go for a year, and then been reviewed. Unfortunately, drug addicts aren't so accomodating.
These people do not agree and they are the ones who are directly effected.
There are many familiar bar names on that list. Oldfield's for one, Bourbon Street, The Blues Station, Whiskey Dick's, etc..
Even though you may or may not play in these places, if there were no problems, I cannot imagine why any of these places would have their bars listed here.
Musicians are effected by the trickle down effect. Hard times, no frills (live music). The jukebox will suffice in time if this continues.
3 or 4 band bill places, in perhaps a few cases, hard times (at this particular time) could be considered questionable.
Bands who can carry the entire night for the 3-4 hour gigs that are just expected......consistent problems with draws.
Toledo waited a year and are happy to now see the turnaround, however there were many places that could not make it through the year without having to shut their doors.
I am sure you will have non-smoking bars to go to play your music if this passes if they see that their business indeed has benefited from being smoke-free.
There is always the option too of requesting that your shows be smoke-free shows if the amendment passes.
Smoke-free show requests have been honored before, so why not investigate that particular option for your group if you need to?