Bumpin' Bernie's facing operation changes after public hearing

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The owners of Bumpin’ Bernie’s stood before the Twin Falls Planning and Zoning commission to defend their Special Use Permit #1233.

KMVT’s Morgan Rumpf was at the meeting which was over two hours long.

Bumpin' Bernie’s located at 139 Shoshone Street North in downtown twin falls has a special use permit which allows them to operate an indoor recreation facility - a dance floor - with extended hours.

All the other bars in the downtown twin falls area close at 1 a-m where Bumpin’ Bernie’s continues to operate until 3:00 a.m.

This has caused public safety concerns from the Twin Falls Police Department.

"Between January and October of this year there were 66 calls for service. That means 66 times someone dialed 9-1-1 or texted 9-1-1," said Planning and Zoning Director Jonathan Spendlove. “Nearly one in 11 calls that came into the dispatch between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. went to this location. One in 11 of those calls to one property. The City of Twin Falls has over 20,000 properties in the city limits.”

Body camera footage was shown from two separate incidents in the building and the public parking lot behind where patrons congregate.

The owners spoke in defense of his family business stating he's been working with code enforcement and the police to make necessary changes.

The reason the public hearing was called was from them being open past 10:00 p.m. on Thursdays where the permit was only for Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

After hearing concerns from neighboring business owners the commission voted to approve two amendments to the Special Use Permit rather than revoke it complete.

Bumpin’ Bernie’s will now have the same hours of operation as the other bars in Twin Falls, where they have to be closed at 1:00 a.m,, have the building empty by 1:30 a.m., on any day of the week.

The owners of Bumpin’ Bernie’s can submit an appeal and if they present a business plans with proper changes the amendments added tonight can be changed.

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