Tampa considers new closing time for bars

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The city of Tampa is considering big changes in how drinks are poured at bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

A draft ordinance up for consideration by the city council would roll back bar closing times from 3 a.m. to midnight.

Bars, nightclubs and other venues would be able to apply for an "extended hours" business permit to stay open later. And businesses like convenience stores that sell alcohol for carryout would not be subject to the early closure.

The city is also considering issuing new business permits clubs with state licenses to serve drinks.

The proposed rules will be discussed at a city council meeting on Thursday. They come two years after shootings at two Ybor City-area clubs left one man dead and six wounded.