HEADLAND, Ala. (WTVY) – The project cleared a major hurdle Tuesday evening after the ordinance was unanimously passed by the city council.
An entertainment district allows customers to take an open container of alcohol outside of a facility as long as the customer is within the boundaries of the district.
Chamber director Adrienne Wilkins says the regulation could improve pedestrian traffic in the city center.
“Really, the possibilities are limitless,” said Wilkins. “We can do ‘sip and stroll’ events, other downtown events that bring more people together and really bring pedestrian traffic into the facilities that can participate in these activities.
Some restaurants agree with Wilkins.
“We are encouraged that this would stimulate outdoor food and beverage service. We hope this encourages people to spend some time on the downtown headland, going in and out of stores, and just being comfortable and relaxed, ”said Laura Skinner of Bottle Tree Restaurant.
Wilkins said there are some restrictions on this ordinance.
“For example, the cups in which you can remove the open containers must be 16 ounces or less. And they must have the logo of the facility they received the drink from. It’s also limited to 4pm to 10pm Monday through Saturday. And it has to be within the district set out in the ordinance, ”Wilkins said.
You are also not allowed to buy alcohol in one restaurant and bring the same drink to another …
Customers can only take one drink per person out of the door.
“There cannot be one specific person who comes into a facility and fetches drinks for a crowd. So that also helps us control consumption, ”said Wilkins.
The entertainment district must be approved by the Alabama Beverage Control Board. Managers hope to see the results soon.
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