The Bluff City Board of Mayor and Alderman have been discussing an ordinance that has been on the books for a few years. The ordinance states that minors couldn't be out past 9:30 p.m.
Minor Jordan Hale says, "It feels like they don't trust me. Cause I mean no one is really doing anything bad after 9:30," he said.
The change in the ordinance wasn't the time, but rather how they enforce it. Now all offenders of the ordinance will go straight to city court rather than juvenile court and it will cost them $50.
After speaking with a few locals in the area they all said the minors come to hang out at the pier, but now their they're required to be home at 9:30. When speaking to other cities, they all said that their curfews were at 11 p.m.
We visited city hall and spoke to the city manager who told us that there was reason for this. She said that they've seen a lot of damage to the pier in the area and she believes this is what caused the ordinance to be brought to the board's attention.
"I kind of understand it under the age of 17 cause you know less likely for a kid to get out and have the chance to get into trouble," says mother of 3 teens, Allie Sigmon. "[They] get into stuff they don't need to get into and I don't really see nothing wrong with it."
We did find out the city won't penalize teenagers who are working at jobs in the evening or those who are out with a parent.