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Council approves temporary entertainment district for Riverside Park on July 4

A temporary entertainment district will be established for the July 4 holiday in Batesville’s Riverside Park. 

The Batesville City Council paved the way for the district at a Tuesday meeting where the zoning districts’ map was amended to include a section of the park between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 midnight on the holiday. (See the boundaries of the map in yellow above.)

Two ordinances — one amending the map and one establishing the temporary district — were approved, and Mayor Rick Elumbaugh then proclaimed the creation of the temporary district.

The creation of the district was on the agenda for last week’s city council meeting, but had to be delayed until Tuesday night’s meeting to ensure a full quorum.

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…”

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