Amarillo leaders look to expand open-container boundaries

Amarillo leaders look to expand open-container boundaries

Amarillo, TX- To help keep downtown Amarillo safe, city leaders are looking to expand the area that prohibits open containers of alcohol.

Parts of the Central Business District in Amarillo already prohibits open alcoholic beverages in public areas of town, and now city officials are asking for that area to be even larger.

Amarillo City Attorney Marcus Norris, says the biggest concern behind requesting these changes to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, is safety for those visiting the downtown and central business area.

City officials want to make sure the area remains a friendly environment for both customers and business owners.

"We've had a lot of requests over the last year for business owners and residents and from agencies that provide service in these areas saying that they really feel that it is inappropriate to have people sitting on the curbs drinking and doing other things. It is very obviously not good for our downtown and for our business area," said Mayor Paul Harpole.

If the petition is approved by the TABC, the city commission will look at changing the current ordinance and boundaries at a later date.

For now the boundaries will stay the same.