The summer patio season launches this weekend, and that means extra police patrols in Hess Village.
The battle continues, however, over just who will be paying them.
That’s because a legal battle launched last year between club owners and the city is still unresolved, with tens of thousands of dollars in paid duty policing costs for the downtown entertainment district hanging in the balance.
Right now, a municipal bylaw places the responsibility on Hess Village nightclub owners but they are fighting it in court.
A fatal stabbing last September and a brawl in March, have highlighted the area’s need for extra policing.