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Both sides show with strong opinions of Henderson's alcohol related ordinances

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It was standing room only at Tuesday's Henderson City Commission meeting over alcohol related ordinances. It was standing room only at Tuesday's Henderson City Commission meeting over alcohol related ordinances.

Both sides with strong opinions Tuesday night about relaxing rules for alcohol use in Henderson. 
   
Five ordinances are being reviewed and city commissioners heard why some think change is needed and why others say it's a bad idea.

Henderson's riverfront is why a group wants to change those alcohol laws. They say they want events and festivals based there, on what they call the crown jewel of Henderson, to have the option to offer alcohol.

Brad Schneider with the Chamber of Commerce told commissioners his public policy committee has been looking over five ordinances that they believe need to be updated.  Four of them, commissioners agreed to look at more closely at a later date.

But it's the fifth one that's the most controversial. It would allow event organizers to apply for a liquor license. Schneider says this would allow events to have control over the sell of alcohol, while opening up the community to the types of events that other cities offer.  

However, the majority of those attending the meeting Tuesday night were against changing the ordinance.

"I have five children. I will not take them where there's people drinking and expose them to the dangers," one person against the ordinance said.

"While repealing it may increase profits, it will undoubtedly increase problems," said another.

"The idea that people who enjoy a drink are morally or reprehensible or wrong, I think that's scare tactics and fear mongering," said one person who spoke at the meeting.

The city commission also agreed to look at allowing alcohol on a one-time trial basis at the Audubon Wine Festival in September.  

No votes were taken Tuesday, and it will all be taken up again at a later date.

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