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Tupelo city leaders discuss Leisure and Recreation Ordinance

The ordinance would allow people to walk around downtown Tupelo with an alcoholic beverage

Posted: Feb 27, 2018 10:30 PM
Updated: Feb 27, 2018 10:47 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Tupelo City Council members discussed a proposed Leisure and Recreation Ordinance Tuesday.

The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association presented the proposal.

The ordinance would make a portion of the downtown area a Leisure and Recreation District or "Go-Cup Zone." This means people could leave a restaurant or business with an alcoholic beverage in a cup.

To start, the plan would be a six month trial period allowing residents to walk around downtown with a drink. This would take place on Thursday and Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to midnight and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to midnight.

The plan suggests drinks be in a designated, recyclable cup that the city would approve. Businesses and restaurants must have a valid permit to sell alcohol in order to serve a drink to go.

Some City Council members are on board while others have their concerns. Same with residents.

A public hearing will be held on the proposed ordinance Tuesday, March 6 at the City Council meeting.

The association's goal is to have the ordinance passed by festival season in April.

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