City Council Worried About Too Much Alcohol Downtown - 8 News NOW

City Council Worried About Too Much Alcohol Downtown

Posted: Updated:

LAS VEGAS -- Downtown Las Vegas is in an image crisis. Some businesses are trying to appeal to both families and partygoers.

The balancing act is causing Las Vegas City Council members to take a hard look at how many bars they will allow downtown and what that could mean to kids who visit.

Jessie Shanahan, her sisters and young son Dylan are loving their breezy day downtown something they never would have done even a year ago.

"I definitely feel comfortable here. I feel like there is a lot of security and it is safe where before, I wouldn't have come down here," Shanahan said.

The locals say the area has a growing appeal for young families, but for some city council members, that is precisely the concern.

"What are you doing for the children, to protect the children?" City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian asked during Wednesday's council meeting.

Places like the Container Park sell liquor and market to families.

"You've seen the explosion of the entrepreneurs in the downtown corridor, bringing in new venues, and we don't want to stymie that growth. We also want to make sure we're doing the right things, when it comes to the residents and patrons downtown," City Councilman Steven Ross said.

Those concerns are prompting city leaders to look at the downtown's alcohol laws and possibly make changes down the line. City leaders made one big change Wednesday.

Teenagers are now allowed inside the Container Park without a parent, but they must show a government-issued ID like a passport or a state ID.

"I think really that is our biggest challenge: setting up a downtown where adults can come down and do adult things and teenagers can come down and do teenager things," City Councilman Stavros Anthony said.

In the meantime, parents like Shanahan say they should be the ones responsible for their kids and how close they can come to alcohol.

"You know where to go and where not to when you have the kids," she said.

Aside from the new rules at the Container Park, city council hasn't made any decisions yet when it comes to drinking downtown. City leaders say they plan to look at what options may work best throughout the next few months.

  • Las Vegas NewsLas Vegas NewsMore>>

  • BREAKING NEWS: North Las Vegas Police investigate double shooting, one dead

    BREAKING NEWS: North Las Vegas Police investigate double shooting, one dead

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:49 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:49:04 GMT
    North Las Vegas, NV. --North Las Vegas police are investigating a double shooting Friday night shortly before 8 p.m.Investigators said two men were shot at a home on Arbor Crest Street, near East Tropical Parkway and Donna Street.A 60-year-old man was taken to UMC Trauma with his condition unknown at this time. The second victim, a 37-year-old man, sustained non-life threatening injuries and treated on scene.Police are investigating the shooting as a domestic violence incident.More>>
    North Las Vegas, NV. --North Las Vegas police are investigating a double shooting Friday night shortly before 8 p.m.Investigators said two men were shot at a home on Arbor Crest Street, near East Tropical Parkway and Donna Street.A 60-year-old man was taken to UMC Trauma with his condition unknown at this time. The second victim, a 37-year-old man, sustained non-life threatening injuries and treated on scene.Police are investigating the shooting as a domestic violence incident.More>>
  • BREAKING NEWS: UMC lays off 100 employees

    BREAKING NEWS: UMC lays off 100 employees

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:52:41 GMT
    University Medical Center laid off more than 100 employees Friday and announced it will close four care centers.More>>
    University Medical Center laid off more than 100 employees Friday and announced it will close four care centers.More>>
  • Police investigate double stabbing

    Police investigate double stabbing

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:17:18 GMT
    Two people suffering stab wounds were rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon, Metro Police said.More>>
    Two people suffering stab wounds were rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon, Metro Police said.More>>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLAS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.