Judge: Downtown Vegas booze restrictions can stand

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm •  Published: July 3, 2014
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rules passed by the Las Vegas City Council to restrict packaged liquor sales at the Fremont Street Experience will stand, despite ardent opposition from the souvenir stores that sell it.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro dissolved a temporary injunction Wednesday that had blocked restrictions on alcohol advertisements in store windows and capped the size of malt liquor or beer containers at 32 ounces. She also declined to block a third ordinance, which prohibits glass bottles and aluminum cans at the pedestrian mall.

"It's not for the court to substitute its wisdom for the wisdom of the City Council," she said.

The council has been clamping down on store-bought liquor and steering people toward more expensive casino and restaurant liquor, saying people getting drunk on cheap liquor are starting fights and scaring away visitors.

But representatives of the souvenir stores in the tourist attraction say the casinos bear responsibility for drunk patrons, too. Jeff Silvestri, an attorney defending Souvenir Super Mart, brought in giant novelty alcohol containers sold by casino bars, including a 50-ounce container shaped like a woman's leg.