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Stricter booze rules for Las Vegas' Fremont Street

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm •  Published: June 19, 2014

The Fremont Street Experience, which is bordered by some of the city's oldest casinos, is covered by a giant video canopy that features periodic light shows. Bands play free rock concerts on a stage sandwiched between casinos, and street performers and costumed characters flock to the corridor in hopes of hustling tips from the crowds.

But city officials fear that the abundant alcohol, the panhandling and the aggressive tactics of some of the performers are beginning to turn people away.

"We've heard from our visitors and residents loud and clear that they have concern about what they're finding as they visit," Mayor Carolyn Goodman said at a news conference earlier this month. "Some of these individuals are nearly nude, and others are very aggressive."

Goodman and Sheriff Doug Gillespie recently announced plans to ramp up the number of police officers on patrol, and enforce a rule that keeps performers from touching visitors and vice versa.