Posted: Sep 6, 2010 6:09 PM by Veronica White
Updated: Sep 6, 2010 6:20 PM
Taking your drink from bar-to-bar in to-go cups in Lafayette may not be allowed in a few weeks if a new city law passes.
Lafayette Consolidated Government has been meeting with police and bar owners for years.
They say they want to keep people safe and help law enforcement do their job.
"It certainly it makes it a lot easier for our police department to enforce, it keeps those consuming alcohol inside a bar environment," says Dee Stanley at LCG.
The law would cover the central business district downtown area and Simcoe-Surrey Street corridor, where many people bar hop.
"I buy at the bar so I don't see why it's a problem. You pay your money for it and want to take it with you," says one bar customer.
Many bar owners say they support keeping the drinks at the bar and off the streets.
"As a business owner downtown I'd like to see it happen- I think it will alleviate trash problems we have and there's loitering on street corners with people drinking," says Andrew Monceaux, owner of Marley's.
The exceptions to the ordinance would include special events such as Mardi Gras parades and Downtown Alive.
Also, restaurants serving alcohol in outdoor areas would still be able to serve outside, but customers would have to stay on the property while drinking.
This introductory ordinance will be discussed at Tuesday's LCG meeting and still has to go through a public hearing and a final vote by the Council on September 21st.