In anticipation of the upcoming vote on the issue, The Capital ran an article in Sunday's business section regarding this topic. The article didn't report anything that was new, at least as far as your's truly is concerned, save one apparent genius:
Newport, a historic waterfront town, faced a similar situation, said
Richard Sardella, owner of Sardella's Italian Restaurant and Newport mayor from 2000 to 2005.
Up until 1983, bars in Newport were allowed to stay open until 2 a.m.,
he said. In response to rowdiness late at night, city officials passed an
ordinance that rolled back bar hours from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m., he said.
He said the new rule resulted in a "mass exodus" of late-night customers who left Newport for surrounding towns, such as Middletown and Jamestown, where bars stayed open later.
"They would go half a mile down the road from me to bars that were open until 2 a.m.," he said.
To cut down on liquor violations for late-night drinkers, Mr. Sardella
said he ran for mayor on a platform of "zero tolerance." He instituted $500
fines for violations such as urinating in public and or having an open container
of alcohol on the street. Mr. Sardella said his efforts resulted in a dramatic
change in the number of violations issued.
I plan to make one more omnibus post--the 2 am magnum opus--that I predict will serve as the dissenting opinion on this issue for weeks, possibly even months to come.