- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Hattiesburg City Council and Mayor Johnny DuPree didn’t have a problem with the sale and consumption of beer and wine on the streets of downtown during certain events.

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/1BXA1xB ) it was potential requests for similar privileges outside that area and a question of whether only beverages purchased on-site could be consumed in public that led to an extended conversation during Tuesday night’s council meeting.

In the end, council voted 4-0 to amend the ordinance overseeing the regulation, possession and consumption of certain alcoholic beverages “in certain places and exceptions for special events.”

Those “special events” primarily are annual events that close down the center of town during various times of the year - HUBFest, Eaglepalooza, Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival, art walks.

The adopted amendment would eliminate the need for council to grant a waiver to the city’s alcohol ordinance each time those events are held.

City Attorney Charles Lawrence said the amended ordinance also dealt with events like “Live at Five,” where folks have been known to bring their own supplies to the festivities.

Lawrence said such potables could be consumed in public, though glass containers would be banned and the beverages for consumption would be limited by any restrictions imposed by the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control administration.

DuPree called the permitting regulations “too cumbersome,” having to not only go through city administrative channels, but then come as an agenda item before the council for approval.

But Council President Kim Bradley argued that any planner should know well in advance the date of any such event, and that the downtown events were what sparked the idea to amend the ordinance.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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