18 Plus and Bar Close Focus Group

An obscure document has been turning up at the meetings regarding the Minneapolis proposal to allow mobile vendors called, “18 Plus and Bar Close Idea Focus Group Report and Prioritization”. It is a summary of 5 focus groups which met in 2009.

The groups short term focuses include:

“Preparing a system for prioritizing non compliant businesses, locating resources to document violations, and taking adverse license action.”

They are also interested in allowing for later closings for establishments without alcohol.

One proposal which is sure to draw some criticism is the third section which requires ID scanners and requiring 18 plus events to have alcohol testing prior to entrance. They are also interested in increasing the penalties for underage consumption and increasing penalties and enforcement for fake IDs.

Among the groups long term focuses:

“Establish an 86 list for downtown establishments.”
“Security staff to clear public areas.”

The full document can be read here.

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