Alcohol to take away? Raleigh votes on social districts Tuesday

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Raleigh leaders will decide on Tuesday whether the city will open its first-ever social district.

Within these particular county boundaries, people could take their alcoholic beverages with them and go outside from one place to another.

Since the end of February, city leaders have been working out a plan that they hope to implement.

At the moment they are considering opening the neighborhood on Fayetteville Street. The district would be about 20 blocks.

If things go well, city officials said they may decide to expand or add districts to other downtown areas.

Some people told CBS 17 they had mixed feelings about the proposed districts.

“It depends on the type of environment you want to serve,” said resident Ryan Crawford.

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Crawford likes the idea of ​​having boundaries set for the social district. He likes the idea of ​​reserving an area to create a different atmosphere in the city.

“If you have (the social district) in an area that caters to the social drinking crowd and you don’t want to expose your family to that, other places (in Raleigh) can do that for you,” Crawford said.

But there are some details that haven’t been nailed down yet.

The city tour did not specify in which special containers the drinks from the local restaurants and bars must be bought and transported.

“I don’t want a neon cup that says ‘I drink alcohol,'” Crawford said.

There was also no announcement as to how the limits would be enforced.

Crawford has some concerns that Raleigh may not be ready for those districts.

“This has to be done in conjunction with public transport. I mean, if you want to have a social neighborhood like this, it has to have a good public transport model,” he said. “(We have to) make sure we’re doing our best to keep people who might be intoxicated off the streets.”

Wesley Alexander, general manager of the Hibernian Irish Pub, voices a similar concern.

“If someone comes in and they just give you a drink to go, and it’s alcohol, you have to make an extra effort to make sure they’re okay before you send them out on the street with another drink,” he said.

He hopes the first district is a success so city leaders are adding more districts across Raleigh, including the Glenwood South neighborhood.

Alexander told CBS 17 that the additional sales from the to-go drinks could be beneficial for many companies, but that everyone needs to do their part to make it work.

“It puts a lot of pressure on bartenders and things like that because they have to watch people coming and going,” he said.

Under the proposed rules, it would only be legal to drink on the streets within the borough between 11am and 10pm

It would be active every day of the week.

If the city council approves the social district, it would go into effect in August.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/alcohol-to-go-raleigh-votes-on-social-districts-tuesday/ Alcohol to take away? Raleigh votes on social districts Tuesday

Dais Johnston

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