Combine this shrinking space with easy access to alcohol from casinos and other stores and you have a recipe for chaos. Downtown Vegas has always been a hot mess, but it's getting out of control for a variety of reasons. The city council seems to think the easiest fix is to cut back on how much booze we can easily, and cheaply, access. Last week, they approved some changes to alcohol sales on Fremont Street in efforts to calm the chaos and make everyone more comfortable.
The new laws for booze sales under the Fremont Street Experience will forbid the following:
• Advertising alchohol in windows.
• The sale of malt liquor or beer in containers greater than 32 ounces.
• The sale of hard liquor minis.
• The sale of beer with alcohol content of 11% or more.
• Any new stores that sell liquor/wine/beer or coolers.
There's one exception that would allow alcohol sales -- grocery stores or pharmacies greater than 12,000 square feet that are attached to buildings with 200 rooms or more. Rumor is that the owners of Las Vegas Club are considering turning the hotel into condos while renovating the casino to become a CVS or Walgreens.
Downtown Vegas is also considering restricting all alcoholic drinks to plastic cups. The rule would be in effect for a 32-block radius around Fremont. The move would help police officers enforce a rule that prohibits folks from drinking booze in the vicinity of the store from which it was purchased.
There also has been discussion of potentially limiting outdoor casino bars, but so far it's just been talk. These new ordinances may slow alcohol consumption on Fremont Street which could help calm the chaos of so many people packed together in an increasingly more confined space. Do you think the restrictions will help, though? Leave your thoughts down below.
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