Target: Bob Coffin, Las Vegas City Councilman
Goal: Prohibit new liquor stores on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas
On Fremont Street in Las Vegas, it is illegal to consume packaged liquor within 1,000 feet of any licensed establishment, including the place it was purchased. If liquor is purchased from a bar, it must be consumed on premises. Despite these laws, the Las Vegas city council is considering the approval of three more liquor stores within the canopied area of the Fremont Street Experience, which is only 1,500 feet in length.
Fremont Street Experience executives and operators of The D and Golden Gate casinos oppose the liquor stores. While some parties argue that the casinos are against packaged liquor because it interferes with their alcohol sales, Jeff Victor, Fremont Street Experience President, emphasizes this is not the case. Victor explains that incidents related to excessive alcohol consumption and growing concerns over underaged drinking are the reasons for the opposition. Recently, within the area, there has been a shooting and a stabbing.
When victor first became President for the attraction, there was a 7-Eleven on the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard that sold liquor. It was widely regarded as a problem spot. When it closed, and a Walgreens wanted to open nearby, the drug store was approved on the condition that it not sell liquor. Victor and others have fought hard to keep packaged liquor away from the attraction. Approving these new stores would counteract their efforts, increase the likelihood of violent incidents, and make it more difficult for police and security to enforce the no packaged liquor law.
According to Victor, the biggest issue with packaged liquor is that there is no middleman involved. He explains, “when you order from a bartender, he looks at you, and he or she can decide if you’ve had too much…When you go to a liquor store, you buy a bottle of liquor or a case of beer and that cashier rings it up…with no regard as to what’s going to happen to that bottle.” Therefore, it is much more dangerous for visitors to purchase packaged liquors.
In addition to leaving the area susceptible to alcohol-related incidents, allowing these stores to be built will confuse visitors who are likely unfamiliar with the law. The last thing a tourist wants is to be saddled with a 200 dollar fine while on vacation. Visitors can enjoy this attraction without purchasing packaged liquor.
By signing the petition below, you will urge the city council to deny approval of more liquor stores on Fremont Street.
Dear Councilman Coffin,
There are three liquor stores awaiting city council approval. If approved, the stores would be built within the canopied area of the Fremont Street Experience. Since Fremont Street prohibits the consumption of packaged liquor within 1,000 feet of any licensed establishment, it would not be logical to build these stores within the area. In addition, recent alcohol-related incidents prove that it is safer not to open any new liquor stores.
Furthermore, opening these stores would confuse visitors. Tourists do not want to be fined due to confusion over a law. For these reasons, we urge you and the council to deny the approval of these stores on Fremont Street.
[Your Name Here]
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