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May 16, 2016

Report: Atlantic City to consider allowing beer, alcohol on Boardwalk

Atlantic City could be the first town on the Jersey Shore to allow alcoholic beverages on the Boardwalk, according to a Press of Atlantic City report.

City Council will consider the policy that would allow visitors walking the boards to carry one alcoholic drink in an open plastic container. For the policy to be adopted, council members must approve it once on Wednesday and again at a later meeting.

Christian Hetrick of The Press of Atlantic City reports:

"The drink must be purchased from a licensed beverage establishment adjacent to the Boardwalk and the container must bear the name or logo of that business, according to the ordinance.

The open containers will only be allowed on the Boardwalk between Albany and Metropolitan Avenues.

The policy is intended to “facilitate and encourage pedestrian traffic,” the ordinance said."

Councilman Kaleem Shabazz claims that the police department and a number of businesses support the policy.

If the policy is approved, this summer will serve as a trial period to see if changes need to be made.