Enterprise council talks 'entertainment district'

Creating an entertainment district within city limits in the downtown area was discussed at the Enterprise City Council July 6.

An ordinance to establish an entertainment district and set forth rules and regulations governing the district was discussed and will be voted on at the meeting July 20.

Under the proposed ordinance, an area of one-half mile by one-half mile downtown designated as an entertainment district will be in effect during the hours of 11 a.m. until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 5 until 11 p.m. on other days of the week, except Sunday. The entertainment district designation will not be in effect on Sundays.

An entertainment district designation allows customers to take an open container of alcohol outside of an establishment, as long as the customer stays within the limits of the district. The ordinance prohibits a consumer from entering a licensed premise with an open or closed container of alcoholic beverages acquired elsewhere.

Additionally, to leave a licensed premise within the entertainment district with an alcoholic beverage, the beverage is required to be in a shatter-proof container.

In March of this year the city of Ozark established an entertainment district in the area around the county courthouse downtown. The Headland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance in April of this year establishing an entertainment district.

In other business, the council voted to allow city employees a “paid personal day” to be used between July and the end of December of this year to compensate for the fact that with the one-day notice from the federal government declaring Juneteenth a holiday, the city employees were not able to observe the holiday this year.

In unrelated business, City Administrator Jonathan Tullos updated the council on the status of the proposed beekeeping ordinance. At the second meeting in July the proposed ordinance will be discussed with plans to have the ordinance formally introduced at the first meeting in August.

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