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City council to hear final draft on entertainment ordinance

The city of Florence could be getting an entertainment district if the city council approves an ordinance.

Posted: Oct 30, 2017 5:05 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2017 7:12 PM

The city of Florence could be getting an entertainment district if the city council approves an ordinance.

Under Alabama state law cities must pass an entertainment district ordinance. Florence city council members tell WAAY 31 the entertainment district could be from Wilson Park through downtown and include all of the local resturants and bars.

"It will really boost the amount of young people staying here actually," said Shoals resident, Jaquaye Minor.

Right now, patrons visitng local resturants and bars cannot bring out drinks onto the sidewalk.

Florence City Council members said if the ordinance is passed people could walk within the boundaries of the entertainment district with an open drink once a month or for special events. Minor believes having an entertainment district could be a step
In the right direction.

"If you're restricted to only having drinks inside then what's the reason really?," said Minor.

Mike Alonso, and his partners own On The Rocks and Pie Factory in downtown Florence. He said getting an entertainment district has been in the works for years.

"The ordinances haven't changed any since we've been in business," said Alonso. "There has been a lot of thought on how to make this successful," said Alonso.

It's unclear when the city council will vote on the ordinance a final draft of it is being completed.

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