Downtown Auburn becomes an entertainment district

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - There are changes coming to downtown Auburn this fall.  An ordinance was passed in the beginning of the month allowing downtown to become an entertainment district.

The ordinance allows for patrons of the downtown area to purchase alcoholic beverages at licensed retailers and wander the streets with a drink in hand during designated times and events.

"Ordinarily you are not allowed to leave an establishment with an open container. During these special events you will be able to do that," explains Auburn Assistant City manager, Kevin Cowber.

Merchants in the downtown area are on board with the new ordinance and believe the foot traffic will bring a lot of business on those selected nights.

"This is something everybody is excited about. It is something that adds to the fun festive environment for downtown and creates an atmosphere that's relaxed and that everybody can enjoy," says Cowber.

Auburn is joining a list of Alabama cities that already have designated entertainment districts.  However, officials are taking the students at the university into consideration and hope the policy will not be abused.

"We're concerned that we not just have a street party every night in Auburn. We are particularly sensitive to that with a lot of young folks we do have at the university," explains Cowber.

There are two events scheduled for this year, the first AUtumn Nights is Friday, September 14.  The public is encouraged to come out for live music and free entertainment to support the Tigers.

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