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Community councils look for new open-container permit

The city will soon have their hands on two open container permits signed into law by Governor John Kasich last Thursday. The permits allow patrons to carry alcoholic drinks in public within a half mile designated space. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lisa Hutson) The city will soon have their hands on two open container permits signed into law by Governor John Kasich last Thursday. The permits allow patrons to carry alcoholic drinks in public within a half mile designated space. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lisa Hutson)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Soon, you could be permitted to walk around The Banks with an open container of alcohol, not just at special events but all the time.

Vice Mayor David Mann says the city will soon have their hands on two open container permits signed into law by Governor John Kasich last Thursday. The permits allow patrons to carry alcoholic drinks in public within a half mile designated space.

Mann says The Banks will likely be the first designated area to submit a proposal for an open container permit but the city will accept proposals from several community councils. Two areas will be selected and voted on by city council.

"Just tonight, we've been to several different bars and it would be nice to be able to move up and down the strip without being contained to one area,” said Scott LeRoy who spent Sunday with his friends at The Banks.

"I think it's already creating a lot of excitement. It's going to generate a lot more revenue. Obviously, more people are going to come down if they the choices and they don't have to hurry up and finish something here to go to the next bar. They can just flow with their evening and carry on from there,” said Steve Garcia.

Now, Anderson Township is considering the same permit for the area encompassing Riverbend and Belterra Park. According to the law, any city with more than 35,000 residents can create an "outdoor refreshment area" where patrons can have open containers. While the financial benefit for suburbs is possible, Steve Garcia doesn't see the need for it.

"I don't know that that could hold up. I think it might be fun for special events in those areas but for the most part I don't think that would warrant an open container situation,” said Garcia.

As for the All-Star Game, the city says they already have a special event permit in hand for that occasion. They say they will start accepting proposals from all neighborhoods who would like to be considered.

Vice Mayor Mann tells says the last thing the city wants to do is put an “outdoor refreshment area” in a neighborhood that does not want it.

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