City Of Austin Team Making SXSW Venues Safe
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:15 PM CDT
The City of Austin has five departments working around the clock to keep visitors at South By Southwest safe.
Code Compliance, Transportation, the Health Department, Austin Police, and Austin Fire are proactively searching for problems and taking complaints.
Since Friday there have been 141 noise complaints.
Ron Potts with codes compliance says they have also issued thousands of dollars in fines to venues putting the public at risk.
"We are looking for manly dangerous structures. Sometimes your build outs, because your stage can collapse. We are also looking for illegal signs, banners," said Potts.
He tell us nine venues have been denied permits, and if they still open they will be shut down.
"You have places that are not permitted and all of a sudden you have a fire, and hundreds of deaths and that's what we are trying to avoid," said Potts.
On Wednesday night the bar 120 West on 5th street was closed for an overcrowding issue.
However, there are those who are prepared to keep the people safe.
The Fader Fort Presented by Converse has a first aid area and plenty of security. This SXSW day party transforms a parking lot and warehouse into a music venue. Party goers can expect 10 bands and three DJ’s at this four day event.
"We started 12 years ago in a hotel room and we have gotten bigger and bigger every year," said Robyn Baskin.
By Christie Post