Rock Island Leaders Consider Limit on New Downtown Bars

Rock Island leaders will consider a moratorium on liquor licenses Monday, October 14, 2013.

Alderwoman Kate Hotle is proposing the moratorium. She’s the new alderwoman for ward five. Ward five includes the majority of the downtown area along with The District.

Hotle would like to see more businesses than just bars in the downtown area. Just eight months ago, the city put in a new loitering ordinance for The District. City leaders are not allowing 17 to 20 year-olds to stay in public areas between midnight and 3 a.m.

Davenport leaders also just approved a moratorium of their own. The city will not allow a new carry-out liquor store to open up that’s within a quarter-mile radius of an existing store.

Rock Island could look at a moratorium involving bars and not liquor stores. Nothing will be approved at Monday’s meeting. The study session starts at 5:15 at Rock Island’s City Hall.

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