If you’ve ever been to the French Quarter of New Orleans or Beale Street in Memphis, you probably know that you can walk around with an alcoholic drink without fear of arrest.
Now, Fort Smith city directors are taking up the idea of allowing for similar areas within this community.
The board looked over a draft of proposed legislation at Tuesday’s study session, and will move toward further action at upcoming city meetings. In a memo from City Administrator Carl Geffken, the legal definition of the idea was explained.
“Entertainment districts are to be located in a ‘contiguous area’ in a part of a city that is ‘zoned or customarily used for commercial purposes’ that contains any number or combinations of restaurants, taprooms, taverns, entertainment establishments, hospitality establishments, music venues, theaters, art galleries, art studios, tourist destinations, distilleries, dance clubs, cinemas, or concert halls.”
The city administrator said that while people may carry alcoholic drinks in entertainment districts, they must still follow the law.
“For clarification, the act allows the consumption of alcoholic beverages on public rights-of-way within designated districts but does not relax or supersede any other rule or regulation regarding alcohol, including public intoxication,” Geffken noted in the memo.