Flagstaff City Council Clamps Down On Liquor Licenses, Business Competition And “Unlawful Assembly”
By Elisha Dorfsmith
After watching tonight’s Flagstaff City Council meeting, my faith in government has reached a whole new low. Do our elected officials ever get tired of looking for new ways to harass us and micromanage the lives of the people they are supposed to represent? Of course the answer is no. Here are three things you should take away from tonight’s meeting.
Tonight Mayor Nabours asked for and received enough support to pursue a possible ordinance limiting liquor licenses in downtown Flagstaff. According to him, we may have reached our limit and a cap needs to be considered. What the alcohol nannies don’t understand is that if there was not a demand for alcohol in downtown Flagstaff, businesses would not be applying for licenses. The market has shown that alcohol sells and any meddling by do-gooders in office is a slap in the face to the people and businesses in our City.
The Flagstaff City Council passed a bizarre resolution tonight calling for a halt to a proposed development in Tusayan. Now, I have heard that there is some cronyism going on with the Tusayan deal and it is probably a bad deal but what is so bizarre about this resolution is the premise. It says the project will create too much competition for Flagstaff businesses and will hurt Flagstaff’s economy.
This is protectionism at its finest. Honestly, the Sierra Club made a better argument against this Tusayan development than the supposed free market businessmen crying about competition.
You can read the entire resolution here:
I have talked about Flagstaff’s proposed anti party ordinance in the past and as I predicted, this is all about cracking down on The Grove and forcing the Flagstaff Police Department’s Crime-Free Multi-Housing program on student housing complexes. Both were brought up multiple times tonight and it sounds like the Crime-Free Multi-Housing program will be added to the ordinance.
“Unlawful assembly” is at the center of what this proposed ordinance is about and Flag PD suggested it include a $250 fine for all party attendees as well as organizers for a first offense. They also suggested putting a giant red sticker on houses where unlawful gatherings had been held. Time will tell what actually makes its way into the ordinance but Mayor Nabours said that council trusts Flag PD completely and he is sure that whatever they come up with will be great.
I’ll post an update when this comes back to council.