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City council to consider temporary entertainment district for Riverside Park

At its next meeting, the Batesville City Council will consider establishing a temporary entertainment district in Riverside Park in time for the July 4 holiday. 

The Batesville Planning Commission recommended the council approve a requested amendment to the zoning districts’ map after the planning commission’s regular meeting on June 6.

The map would be amended from general family residential to commercial community district for an area in the park. (See the photo below for the proposed designated area — in yellow border.)

Councilmembers will also consider an ordinance to establish the temporary entertainment district in Riverside Park.

The ordinance notes the district will be temporary in nature and “…shall only exist during specific dates, times and for specific events as designated by the Mayor through proclamation.” 

The move will allow individual patrons of an on-premise retail alcohol beverage licensee to exit the establishment with one container bearing an entertainment district logo during specific times designated by mayoral proclamation. The container cannot hold more than 16 ounces of an alcoholic beverage, and anyone with a beverage will not be able to drink outside the confines of the temporary district. Alcoholic beverages purchased outside the entertainment district will also not be allowed in open containers within the temporary district. 

The ordinance to establish the temporary district says the creation will help promote “…an atmosphere aimed at facilitating business and promoting tourism…”

If approved, the ordinances will allow for a proclamation creating the temporary entertainment district for the July 4 festivities from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight at Riverside Park. 

The Batesville City Council will meet at City Hall, 500 East Main St., Monday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m. The June meeting has been rescheduled to Monday from the council’s regular monthly meeting time.

Image provided by the City of Batesville

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