Manhattan Fire Department officials said incidents of overcrowding during Fake Patty’s Day were greatly reduced this year, with only one citation issued.
Fire Chief Jerry Snyder said many establishments were under their maximum occupancy, while several were over the maximum occupancy but under the pre-established threshold limits for receiving a citation.
This contrasted greatly with last year’s celebration, where Snyder said nearly every bar exceeded the maximum occupancy.
He said last year five bars had 200 percent of their maximum occupancy and five others were more than 150 percent over their maximum occupancy.
This year, the number of MFD personnel participating in overcrowding enforcement was double the amount in 2011, with 12 MFD personnel on duty Friday evening and two shifts of 18 on duty Saturday, Snyder said.
The Code Services division of the MFD also posted 80 notices for trash nuisance violations on Sunday, an increase of 30 from 2011, but Snyder said that most of the properties had been cleaned upon re-inspection on Monday. He said officials authorized abatement of trash conditions at the owner’s expense at four properties.
Snyder said he believes the decrease in overcrowding incidents was because of increased MFD personnel, proper precautions taken by bar and restaurant owners and good communication and pre-planning with bar owners and the Aggieville Business Association.