(- kind'a live blogging from the meeting tonight:)
Alcohol impact area discussion: downtown already has an alcohol impact zone and the International District is moving to adapt one - South Perry is considering one. It requires retailers to pull single-serve high alcohol content drinks from the shelves, to limit public consumption of alcohol.
If downtown and East Central alcohol impact zones become mandatory, South Perry will become the closest place to purchase alcohol mainly for public consumption. The neighborhood must adopt a voluntary alcohol impact area before the neighborhood can have a mandatory alcohol impact zone.
The group will send a letter to all local businesses.
Public intoxication calls downtown have gone down since the alcohol impact impact zone was adopted. Here's a story about the impact of the downtown alcohol impact zone from earlier this spring.
A city council member must sponsor the application to the State Liqor Control Board. Some businesses are opposed to the change, because they make a significant amount of sales on single-serve alcohol.
An alcohol impact zone does not prevent sale of alcohol; it targets sales of single cans and bottles of alcohol - stuff that's typically consumed right outside the store or in parks.
It will take a couple of years for the alcohol impact zone to become a reality.
The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association voted to approach John Snyder about this issue.
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