Newman targets public drinking

Hoping to curb public intoxication, Newman leaders Tuesday began a process to outlaw outdoor drinking just about anywhere in town.

Drinking in public "is a frequent problem," reads a staff report recommending prohibition on streets, sidewalks and playgrounds and in parking lots and alleys. It's already illegal to consume alcohol in Newman parks.

City Council members scheduled a hearing to receive comments April 13 at 7 p.m. in the council chamber, 1200 Main St., and could finalize the proposed law at that time.

It would exempt "areas immediately surrounding a communitywide event" and outdoor dining areas of restaurants with alcohol permits.

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