Mitchell said families and individuals now will be able to enjoy themselves in non smoking bars and restaurants.
When the economy was at a low point a couple of years ago, Park said she could not sleep at night because she wondered what would happen to her employees.
The city's current smoking ordinance passed in July 2008. It prohibits smoking in restaurants and all commercial businesses except those that operate primarily as bars and where at least 51 percent of total gross revenue comes from alcohol.
"We survived it without laying off one employee. We made it through, but now we are going to lose our employees. We are not going to be able to pay them" because of some commissioners' decision, said Park, who does not smoke. Gowen and Mayor Tony Martinez. Voting against were Commissioners Jessica Tetreau, Ricardo Longoria and John Villarreal.
Danny Toschlog, owner of the Bar, at 1900 N. Expressway Suite G2, said none of the commissioners took the time to meet with the bar owners or visit their establishments. Although Toschlog said he might be able to keep his business open, he probably will have to let go of some of his employees.
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In addition, smoking will be prohibited in outdoor common areas of nursing homes, except in designated smoking areas. A smoker must be 20 feet outside the entrance of a building, the proposal states.
Public Health Director Art Rodriguez earlier said research conducted by the Health Department indicates the revised ordinance would affect only 5 percent of businesses in the city.
"I think it is definitely a step forward and it is going to benefit businesses, families, individuals and employees and anyone that has been exposed to secondhand smoke," Mitchell said after the meeting.
He said when the city passed the ordinance in 2008 that 95 percent of the businesses were affected and that none was put out of business at that time.
"This means we are going to have to go out of business. There is not a doubt in my mind that my place will end up closing," Park said minutes after the vote was taken. "The pity is our employees."
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"We are less than half a percent of the businesses in Brownsville that allow smoking inside, so how is this affecting any health issue right now?" asked Toschlog, also a non smoker. "What's next? Are we going to be a no buffet city?
Murna Park, owner of Trails Inn Saloon, at 6705 Paredes Line Road, tried to contain her emotions as she thought how the revision might affect the business she has owned for nine years. A bigger worry is what will happen to her employees.
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person. I have the choice: Do I want to go in or do I not want to go in (a bar where there is smoke)? That is a very simple choice," Toschlog said. "I don't need a mother and I don't need a father (to make my decisions). I already have one. They are trying to be mother and father to us."
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