First reading establishing boundaries for the Trussville Entertainment District

By Hannah Curran, Editor

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council held the first reading of the ordinance designating the Trussville Entertainment District (TED) on Thursday, November 17.

The aim of the ordinance is to record the companies in the TED and to group them together. The TED would include The Pavilion, Ferus, Trussville Social, Mr. West, Corbeau Wine Bar, Ax Downtown and extend to Shirley’s Florist. As the TED grows, the council may decide to expand the lines at that time.

“We have recorded all farms that could become another farm in the future”, said Lieutenant Chuck Bradford.

Any business within TED that intends to serve alcohol must have an individual spirits license.

TED wouldn’t enclose the parking lots because they don’t want people leaving the designated area with open alcohol containers.

“We’re taking out the parking lot because you really don’t want people drinking in the parking lot,” Bradford said. “If it’s included, it becomes legal. If we tried to enforce it and get people to pour their drinks, it could put us in a difficult position to place it within the county line.”

By taking out the parking lot and drawing the line just behind all the shops, the city can limit it to the pavilion and restaurants. In addition, the area will be marked by two-metre-tall signs that read: “No alcohol beyond this point”. The Trussville Police Department said they would provide an officer to enforce the rule.

“We don’t want to encourage people to take alcohol out of TED,” Bradford said.

The TED designation would allow patrons to carry open containers of alcohol from one area to another; However, the alcohol must be in plastic cups (not glass) with the company’s name on the cup and a purchase receipt. In addition, guests are not permitted to enter another store with alcohol from another store.

“The receipt helps ensure people don’t bring their own alcohol into TED,” Council President Lisa Bright said.

If a person leaves the entertainment district with an open container, they will be asked to dump it out.

Mayor Buddy Choat told the council that the term entertainment district is defined by state law and the state makes the rules.

Operating hours for the TED would change if the ordinance is passed. If the council approves, the opening hours will be 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, and then TED and shops will close at 11:00 pm. Also, no alcoholic beverages are permitted in the district after 11:00 p.m. unless special event approval is permitted.

“This would close all stores in TED at 11 p.m. because they are in the entertainment district,” Bradford said.

Bradford said they would work with the companies to educate them about the regulation if it is approved.

The second reading and vote on the ordinance will take place at the next city council meeting on Tuesday, December 13 at 6 p.m

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