GF - Alcohol Permit

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The latest request for a co-mingling alcohol permit brought some familiar arguments to the Grand Forks council last night. The city has approved a number of similar permits for alcohol at downtown festivals and fairs over the years. Public Health Director Debbie Swanson says she’s not trying to signal anyone one organization out - but she has some general concerns.

Swanson says the exposure to consumption and sale of alcohol is a known predictive factor for youth experimenting and adults binge drinking.

Police Chief Mark Nelson was asked if downtown co-mingling creates more problems for law enforcement vs the traditional beer garden. Nelson says they tend to have less incidents during co-mingling.

The Downtown Development Association made the co-mingling request for a street fair in September. The council gave preliminary approval to the permit last night on a four to one vote.

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