Mt. Olympus owner wants to operate late nights, in conflict with ordinance

Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 9:36 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Police Chief Tom Dorner called Mt. Olympus owner Nick Laskaris Thursday night and told him he was in violation of the village’s amusement and entertainment ordinance, which states amusements must close by midnight, or 1 a.m. on Saturday nights. Laskaris told the village board he didn’t think he was in violation, because the events were not open to the public, only guests of the hotel.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 10:38 AM

I hope this catches on elsewhere.

It could be a boost to the parks revenue stream. More pepople staying onsite for this reason.

I was interested when I stayed on site at Royal Pacific At IOA I could see into the park after closing and it seemed that would be a fun time to be there.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 11:01 AM
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It is... but IOA and USF do a great many private catered events after park closing, especially in the off-season.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 12:18 PM

Wow, that's got to cost a pretty penny.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 12:44 PM

I've always thought this sort of thing was an unexplored opportunity for parks.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 12:48 PM

Yeah I heard a lot of vampires rent out parks at night...


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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 1:37 PM

I don't get the idea why you would need an ordinance to tell amusements they have to close at a certain time. Bars can stay open in most places till 2 AM any night. I assume there would already be a noise ordinance in effect. So if you aren't making noise, and you have enough workers and enough customers to justify staying open past a certain hour, why can't the business owner decide whether or not to stay open?

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3:00 PM
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^If you read the article, they talk about the noise ordinance.

Trustee Tom Diehl said, “I’d hate to see us go to the noise ordinance, because then your whole business is subject to someone saying you are making too much noise.”

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4:18 PM

RatherGoodBear said:
I don't get the idea why you would need an ordinance to tell amusements they have to close at a certain time. Bars can stay open in most places till 2 AM any night. I assume there would already be a noise ordinance in effect. So if you aren't making noise, and you have enough workers and enough customers to justify staying open past a certain hour, why can't the business owner decide whether or not to stay open?

It's more common than you think. Noise ordinances are put in place especially if a business that generates noise is close to people's houses. I know of a few airports that can't operate in the middle of the night do to this.

Gurnee Il, where SFGAm is, also has a closing time cutoff for the park do to alot of neighbors houses surrounding it.


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Thursday, July 16, 2009 1:04 AM
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Technically the only thing around that would be affected by the excess noise is a hotel...which the park owns anyways. There is a deer park on one side of the park and towards the back, woods. Across the street are other attractions.

It could be the need for excess city services (particularly police) if opened later that is the problem here.


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