Palmetto walks fine line on alcohol-related laws

myoung@bradenton.comJune 16, 2014 

PALMETTO - Palmetto officials Monday night passed a dual-purpose alcohol ordinance that eases zoning restrictions to attract more restaurant and club businesses into the commercial district, but at the same time tightens open container laws.

Ward 1 Commissioner Charles Smith waged a successful campaign, however, to ensure citizens walking on public property with containers obviously not alcohol-related do not face an environment of police harassment.

Palmetto Police Chief Rick Wells said the elimination of the language Smith wanted would not change the way his officers approach a “probable-cause contact.”

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