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Long Beach moves ahead on go-cup ordinance

By WESLEY MULLER

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JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD/FILE 
 The Long Beach City Council voted Tuesday, June 7, 2016, to draft an ordinance allowing go-cups in a designated entertainment district. A bill passed this year by the Legislature allows such districts in certain cities.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD/FILE The Long Beach City Council voted Tuesday, June 7, 2016, to draft an ordinance allowing go-cups in a designated entertainment district. A bill passed this year by the Legislature allows such districts in certain cities. SUN HERALD

LONG BEACH -- The Long Beach City Council passed a motion Tuesday directing the city attorney to draft a proposed "go-cup" ordinance that would allow open containers of alcohol on the streets of a designated entertainment district.

Tuesday's measure was the city's first step in taking advantage of the new state law permitting cities on the Coast and about a dozen other localities to set up entertainment districts where people can walk from one establishment to another without having to trash their beers, cocktails or wine.

The statute mirrors the liberties enjoyed by New Orleans tourist hot spots.

The city council plans to review and hold a final vote on the ordinance at the next meeting June 21.

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