Tampa mayor welcomes closure of nightclub

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa mayor says he welcomes the closure of a controversial nightclub in the city’s entertainment district that has been the scene of murders and other crime.

An attorney for the owner of Club Empire in the Ybor (EE-bore) City district told city council Thursday that the club closed its doors for financial reasons. Crowds have diminished since a fatal shooting there last month.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn issued a statement lauding the decision. He said it will “have a positive effect on Ybor that will resonate with businesses, residents and visitors.”

The club opened in 2002. Police say it has since been the scene of three other slayings, three forcible sex offenses, 10 robberies, 33 aggravated assaults and 102 drug offenses.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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