Nashville targets single-beer sales downtown

Music City can get a bit rowdy when the sun sets, so legislation has been proposed to limit sales of single beers within Nashville's downtown Interstate loop.

The proposed legislation would ban sales of single bottles or cans of beer within the loop as a way to counter loitering, litter, vagrancy, panhandling and public intoxication.

To mollify critics of the proposal, a sunset provision will be added to make the regulation expire in one year, thus allowing for review and potential renewal based on experience.

City Council members Mike Jameson said Erica Gilmore, who introduced the legislation last month, also will seek to remove an exception for specialty and craft beers often sold only in single bottles.

They also want to confine enforcement to the area within the interstate loop instead of adding two North Nashville streets that Gilmore initially had included.

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