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It seems that when members are used to puffing on their expensive cigars they also feel the law shouldn’t apply to them, even when it does.
Scofflaw members of the Missouri Athletic Club and an apparently quiescent management are putting that storied institution’s future in jeopardy by ignoring the new St. Louis City smoke-free air ordinance, effective since January 2nd this year, that requires the MAC to be smoke-free.
It would be a pity if this institution were to push its defiance of the law to the point where it is actually shut down, but that seems to be the direction in which it’s headed.
The story below is from KMOV.com but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch also published a story the day before:
Posted on March 15, 2011 at 8:51 PM
Updated Tuesday, Mar 15 at 10:55 PM
ST. LOUIS (KMOV) — The Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) could soon be shut down.
Earlier this year, the MAC was cited and fined by the city for violating the smoking ban, but the St. Louis Health Department has learned that the private club is still non compliant with the ordinance.
While the MAC is a private organization, St. Louis officials say the club must obey the city’s smoking ban because it is a place of employment.
Repeated violations could cause the City of St. Louis to shut down the MAC.