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Vegas Officials May Ban Outdoor Drinking

Vegas Officials May Ban Outdoor Drinking

Vegas Officials May Ban Outdoor Drinking

Revelers can carry open containers through downtown's Fremont Street Experience, but that may change.

The increasing popularity of downtown Vegas has its pluses and minuses: the former is obvious, but the latter involves an increase in violence, including an incident where two people were shot last year in the pedestrian promenade and light show known as the Fremont Street Experience.

Hoping to curb the rowdiness, Vegas officials are considering  a ban on open containers of liquor among the five-block attraction, which is lined with kiosks, casinos, and, up until recently, gay bars (a zipline also runs above it). A new bill could ban bottles and cans of alcohol on the Experience, which will certainly change the feel of the area, which is more rough-and-tumble, and some would say, more authentic, than the Vegas Strip.

A committee recommended the proposed bill be more specific so those who carry unopened alcohol through the district aren't ticketed.  The committee will consider the amended ordinance later this month. Read more here.

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