Brian Leifert, a South Florida criminal defense attorney, has just learned about a possible change to Fort Lauderdale’s open container laws. With four major events approaching (the boat show, the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl, and the Orange Bowl), the mayor of Fort Lauderdale is considering lifting the city’s ban on carrying open containers of alcohol around the beach.
The law was originally intended to discourage drunk students during spring break, and Mayor Jack Seiler says the law “has addressed what it needed to address.”
Because the four upcoming events are not during spring break, the mayor is looking at ways that the city could loosen the laws or suspend the open container laws during those four events. He said he doesn’t want visitors to have to worry about walking from the Ritz Carlton to another hotel with a beer in hand. A former police chief also pointed out that loosening the alcohol laws could have a positive impact on economic development.
Lauderdale mayor ready to loosen open container laws, South Florida Sun Sentinel, May 5, 2009
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