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City Council Worried About Too Much Alcohol Downtown

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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.

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