After much delay, Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd is setting Sept. 17 as the first day the citywide business curfew will be implemented.
The city will soon be sending out letters and posting fliers notifying affected businesses of the new regulation of hours of operation.
The curfew ordinance, intended to help curb crime, was enacted on Sept. 19, 2011. It requires businesses in residential zones or within 200 feet of a residential zone to close between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and between midnight and 6 a.m. on weekends. The curfew does not apply to pharmacies or businesses holding liquor licenses or selling fuel.
City activist Frank Fulbrook, along with operators of some late-night businesses, filed a lawsuit against the curfew last fall. A few months later, 7-Eleven Inc., which has two stores in Camden, filed a similar lawsuit against the city. Both lawsuits were combined and a pretrial hearing was scheduled for Aug. 15 but it was postponed until Oct. 2, said Fulbrook’s attorney John Calzaretto.