(Las Vegas, NV) The Las Vegas City Council’s recommending committee voted 2-1 in favor of an ordinance for an area of shopping and entertainment that includes bars and restaurants as well as playground.
Container Park, at Fremont and Seventh streets, is a concern to a local group that advocates against underage drinking.
“There will be glasses with alcohol in them left around through carelessness or people not paying attention. You are giving free access to those kids to have alcohol,” says Mike Schutt, Metro officer and advocate against underage drinking.
The vote is to approve an ordinance that would set the rules for the Container Park to let patrons drink alcoholic beverages outside of each establishment, restaurants and bars planned inside the project. Individual businesses inside the project that want to serve alcohol would still need to get their own licenses.
Councilman Ricky Barlow voted against with Councilman Bob Coffin and Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony voting in favor. Anthony’s vote did not sit well with officer Schutt.
“Here is a guy I worked with at his area command. He received federal funds that were specifically aimed at reducing underage drinking,” says Schutt.
Some have said that advancement on Fremont Street is critical to the resurgence of the area that was hit hard by the recession.
The vote sends the proposed ordinance to the full council for its next meeting August 7th.