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Go-Cup is a Go for Balloon Race Weekend
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September 27, 2017 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

The city’s newly established “leisure and recreation district” officially takes effect Oct. 20 for drinkers wanting to legally stroll downtown Natchez with booze purchased from licensed bars and restaurants. The date coincides with the start of the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race, the annual festival that takes place in Natchez drawing large crowds.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen decided Tuesday when to put the “go-cup” district into effect. It includes much of downtown Natchez bordered by Broadway, Jefferson, Martin Luther King and Main streets and extends along Canal Street to John R. Junkin Drive.

In voting last July to create the district, the board imposed rules for drinking and walking downtown. They include requirements that bars selling to-go drinks have them in plastic containers clearly marked as being from the Natchez Leisure and Recreation District. Signs will be placed throughout the downtown area warning drinkers not to stray out of the area designated for legal sidewalk imbibing. The signs will also have reminders that it’s illegal to drink and drive.

The board did vote Tuesday to impose a $100-a-year fee on restaurants and bars in the go-cup zone to generate funds to enforce the regulations. There about 30 downtown bars and restaurants licensed to sell alcoholic beverages, said city Planning and Zoning Director Rico Giani.




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