Proposed Fremont Street curfew tabled by Las Vegas City Council
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - A proposed 21 and under curfew for Fremont Street is on hold, according to city officials.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman first proposed the curfew after at least two violent incidents at the Fremont Street Experience: a deadly shooting on June 19 and another shooting early on July 4.
According to city spokesman Jace Radke, the item was stricken from Wednesday’s city council agenda because ongoing security measures, including an increased police presence and metal detectors at the entrances of FSE, have helped curb the violence.
“I’m very comfortable we’ve done the right thing,” Goodman said. “I sponsored the ordinance so feel very comfortable in striking it at this point, but just keeping it out there is the right thing to do.”
Goodman said the increased security measures and police presence seems to be making a difference. The city wants more time to decide if there current security plan should stay in place.
The ACLU of Nevada opposed the now tabled proposal by the city.
“Those who are between the ages of 18 and 21 are legal adults who have the same First Amendment right to access public spaces as those who are over the legal drinking and gambling age,” Executive Director Arthar Haseebullah said in a statement. “Is the city really under the belief that a sober 20-year-old walking on Fremont Street is inherently more dangerous than a drunk 21-year-old? This proposal is yet another absurd attempt by the city to pretend it is solving for public safety issues when in reality, this is just another attempt to turn a public forum into a private casino courtyard.”
In order for the item to be considered again, another councilmember or the mayor would have to re-introduce the measure to the council for consideration.
Radke said the city will continue to monitor the safety on Fremont with its current safety measures that include a weekend curfew, metal detectors and increased police presence.
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