Casper City Council to vote on allowing open alcohol in public

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Casper City Council members will vote on whether to allow people to carry open containers of alcohol in parts of downtown and the Old Yellowstone District at their June 2 meeting.

“The idea came up to allow open container during a certain time frame in the downtown area as opposed to having to pull a permit for every event that takes place,” Casper Mayor Steve Freel, Ward III, said.

The current proposal allows for the open container period between the Friday before Memorial Day and Labor Day. It would only be allowed three days per week between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Freel said it’s likely going to be Fridays, Saturdays and an undetermined day.

Alcohol can only be served in plastic cups and consumers must purchase it from a licensed retailer. Someone carrying an open alcohol cup must also get their hand stamped.

“I think that if it’s done correctly and the forces to be that put this together do it with a little intelligence and make sure it’s run the way it’s supposed to be run, it could be very beneficial for downtown,” The Office Bar and Grill owner Jim Kanelos said.

He said police need to enforce the area so people don’t cause damage and to prevent underage drinking.

Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters said there will be more officers patrolling the area on nights when people are allowed to carry open containers of alcohol.

“It has to be enforced. It has to be well thought out,” Kanelos said.

Freel said council members still are going to work out minor details before voting for it on third reading at the June 2 meeting.