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Maurice Open Container Ordinance

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As of last week, there was a change to Maurice's ordinance concerning open containers of alcohol.  The previous ordinance made it illegal to have an open container on public and private properties.

But, the Maurice council made some tweaks last week that has some safety officials on edge. With a vote of three to zero, the Maurice council changed their open container ordinance.

"The old one said if you had and open container it was illegal to possess it in the village of Maurice on public and private property" says Councilman Darin Desormeaux.

By removing the word private, it was no longer illegal to possess a bottle of alcohol in your own backyard. It also means bar patrons can go outside with their drinks if owners allow it. That has some safety officials on edge.

"The chief had concerns that people would be leaving parking lot but if you do that you will be breaking the law" says Desormeaux.

Another concern for the police chief is if patrons leave the bar with alcohol, they will cut across private property to get to the other bars nearby.

But before they do, they must cross a public street, which is illegal under the ordinance. When they do they may leave there bottles littered throughout parking lots and other private properties.

The way we will address the chiefs concerns is with the loitering and littering. If you loiter or litter we will give you a citation" says Desormeaux.

The ordinance did take effect last week.

Rob Malia

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