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opinion Rosemount,Minnesota 55024
Rosemount Town Pages
Teen club would be a good addition
Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

To the editor,

I have a copy of a Minneapolis Star Tribune article on dance clubs which the Rosemount City Council has referred to as having to do with the proposed Solaris Dance and Nightclub. This article is about kids 18 and older mingling with 21 and older patrons. Therefore, the problems cited by this article have absolutely nothing to do with the Solaris Nightclub under consideration due to the fact the 16- to 20-year-olds will have no legal age drinkers to mingle with.


At a recent Rosemount City Council meeting, it was brought up that Minneapolis may be looking at language to regulate dance clubs. Once again, that worry is only in regard to dance clubs that include both minors and legal-age drinkers present at the same time. And, what was one of the ideas for accomplishing this new language in the big cities? And I quote: "Clubs might be asked to completely separate their underage clientele from their 21-plus crowd."

Yes, this is the language that Skylar Rekstad already set forth in his business plan, stating clearly that Solaris is for only 16- to 20-year-olds. Skylar's business plan already had that solution in place. Minneapolis requiring licensing for establishments catering to both 18 and over-21 year old patrons is obviously not helping them one bit to handle their problem. That is, licensing is not a solution.

The key is to separate the two groups.

The city of Rosemount is trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist. Restrictions that city planner Eric Zweber pushed for are only so they can shut this business down. The ordinance and licensure, with its exorbitant multiple fees, will put undue hardship on any hospitality business that might want to come to Rosemount. Why would any business owner invest large amounts of time and money in a business if they knew from the beginning an ordinance was in place just so the city could shut it down?

Solaris would have been the only 16-20 dance club in all of Minnesota. This is what the big city of Minneapolis wished they had. We could have had it first. Skylar would be better off taking his unique business to another city. A city that appreciates what he is doing for teens.

I personally hold the Rosemount City Council accountable for the loss of this business.

Skylar was already set to go. City council, you voted not to let him.

Kathy Klonecky