There was talk of a possible moratorium on carry-out liquor licenses in Davenport at Wednesday night's committee meeting. This comes as some city leaders say there's been a rush of requests for licenses in one area in particular. However, there's some debate over taking a closer look at all of this.
The idea is to give time to possible fine-tune the city's policies on carry-out liquor establishments. The temporary moratorium would cover the area between Marquette and Federal Streets and from the Mississippi River to 6th Street on the North. Many are on board, some say part of this area shouldn't be included, and others want it left alone altogether.
Part of the problem is that City Council changed the liquor license ordinance in January of last year, getting rid of a 2,700 foot mandatory distance between businesses licensed to sell alcohol.
Now, the Downtown Economic Partnership is on board with a moratorium, hoping for an opportunity for more controlled growth. There's concern about nuisances that too many of these types of establishments could attract.
"It's quite embarrassing when the Bix comes to town and we have everybody from other places come in and to see all that trash, especially where I live," said resident Tony Cox.
Others think it should be left up to competition between businesses. "I think it's not the city's position to pick winners and losers or even who the players are. Free market will take care of that," added resident Dale Gilmore.
There was some discussion of shrinking the area the potential moratorium would cover, as some city leaders say far east of downtown isn't part of the concern.
No action was taken Wednesday night. A vote will happen next week and, if approved, the moratorium would go through October 1st, 2013.
The proposed moratorium only affects carry-out liquor licenses. It wouldn't apply to restaurants, bars or businesses that have already established liquor licenses.