Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tonight's Boise Council Meeting Will Take Public Testimony on Panhandling, Tailgating Ordinances

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 9:38 AM

While a pretty lively discussion is expected at this evening's meeting of the Boise City Council, where the public will weigh in on two controversial anti-panhandling measures (see more here), lawmakers will also take testimony on a proposal that would extend the tailgating zone around Bronco Stadium during Boise State football games.

Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson dubs the idea "10-to-10." Simply put, the city's open container law would be waived from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on game days in a designated area from Myrtle Street south along Broadway Avenue to Beacon Street. The line would then run west from Broadway to Lincoln Avenue. In Julia Davis Park, the proposed tailgating area would be east of Zoo Boise, stretching to Broadway.

"The purpose of the [new] proposal is to make the law fair to citizens, and to allow [police officers] to focus on enforcement of more pressing issues," said Masterson, who is anxious to change the city code with only about a month-and-a-half until the first home game.

Tonight's City Council meeting gets underway at Boise City Hall at 6 p.m.

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