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Police, Club Owners In College Town Work To Bar Brawls

Posted August 25, 2004

— Police say it was a noisy summer for clubs and restaurants along West Franklin street in Chapel Hill.

As classes resume at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, police promise major changes that should put a stop to the violence that took place.

"We had several fights that were more than a few people and that got our concern," said Chief Gregg Jarvies of the Chapel Hill Police Department.

That concern sparked action. Jarvies met with club owners brainstorming ways to give rowdy parties a time out.

"We haven't had to ram anything down anyone's throat. They want to be a part of a solution," Jarvies said. "Some clubs have even gone so far as to enforce a dress code, no baggy shirts, no rolled-up pants."

Other changes include re-directing traffic flow in parking lots and hiring off-duty police officers, which is not mandatory as it is in the city of Raleigh.

Some club owners say they have gotten a bad rap because these fights have happened outside the clubs in areas they have no control over.

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