This Month In County History

In 1980, Columbia mulled alcohol limits

July 08, 2005

After a long discussion of whether problems at Columbia's downtown lakefront were related to alcohol consumption or to a reflection of a "teen problem," the Columbia Council in 1980 voted to continue to permit public drinking on Columbia Association property at Lake Kittamaqundi.

The council did vote to increase security guards on weekend nights from one to two and to increase the hours of private security coverage from midnight to 2 a.m. every night in July and August.

The council asked county police to pay "special attention" to the lakefront area between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Police had asked that the consumption of alcoholic beverages be prohibited, or banned after 11 p.m., outside licensed premises in Town Center. While forgoing a ban, the council agreed that a process of "public review and public awareness" should be started to determine if an alcohol restriction should be enforced the next year.

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