Lauderdale Mayor Wants Beach Booze Law Relaxed

Stuffy city could allow open containers for some events

Fort Lauderdale's mayor is ready to let the good times roll and the liquor flow and lift the city's strict ban on open booze on the beach for a handful of local events.

Though the city doesn't really care to host spring breakers, and has been actively trying to dissuade rowdy college kids from visiting their beaches, it looks like the stuffy bureaucrats are ready to party -- for at least a few days out of the year.

"We have got the boat show, the world's largest; followed by the Orange Bowl, followed by the Pro Bowl, followed by the Super Bowl. Four major events, none of which [are] during Spring Break, that I would like to see us looking at relaxing the open container law," Mayor Jack Seiler told the Sun-Sentinel.

The law would only be relaxed for the four upscale events and would stay in efefct during Spring Break. Seiler said he doesn't want people in town for the events to worry about walking from their hotel to a nearby venue with a beer in their hand.

Seiler said the law against open containers has "addressed what it needed to address." He's asked the city attorney's office to look into changes to the law.

Vice Mayor Bruce Roberts supports Seiler, telling the Sun-Sentinel "I think the times change, and it's important for economic development."

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