Downtown District supports 21 Ordinance

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 17, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa City Downtown District announced Wednesday that following a vote from the Board of Directors, the board will supports the 21-ordinance and will ask the community to vote “No” to repeal the ordinance on Nov. 5.

Nancy Potter, the operations director for the district, declined to comment, and Nancy Bird, the executive director of the district, could not be reached for comment.

The ordinance was implemented in 2010. It prevents anyone under the age of 21 from being in a bar past 10 p.m.

The board voted “overwhelmingly” to support the existing ordinance.

The district said in a press release that progress has been made towards a progressive, healthy, and culturally vibrant urban downtown because of the ordinance.

Iowa City officials released an updated report last week said that intoxicated-pedestrian calls are down 36 percent and criminal-mischief calls are down 32 percent. The report said calls for assault are down 42 percent.

District officials said the ordinance has reduced bar patronage downtown, but they in turn supported city officials’ exemptions to the ordinance.

— by Stacey Murray

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