Coeur d'Alene leaders push to end open-container law



Posted on July 23, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 23 at 10:05 AM

Is the open-container law necessary in Coeur d'Alene?

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho.--  Two city council members lobbied in July to discontinue the open-container law in Coeur d’Alene. They said there is currently not enough support from the rest of the council to modify the law, but hope that will change in the future.

Park visitor Todd Fencl said an ice-cold beer was the only thing missing from his barbecue Tuesday in McEuen Park.

“You have a big family reunion, you would want beer. Wouldn’t you?” he said. “If they’re going to build a nice park; they should have an area for that.”

Coeur d’Alene City Council member Steve Adams brought the issue to the table after a local company asked for permission to serve beer during so-called,“bike-bus” pub crawls.

“I don’t think we should be telling consenting adults where they can have a drink,” Adams said. “If you go to the park right now and there’s folks down there with plastic cups, they probably have alcohol in the cups.”

Adams said he would like to see Coeur d’Alene operate in a similar fashion as Post Falls when it comes to open-containers.

“Post Falls has never had open-container laws and there’s no drunken riots going on in the city of Post Falls.”

The Police Chief in Post Falls said the city has not had an open-container law for about 30 years and it has not been a problem.  Adams said he thinks the drinking culture in Coeur d’Alene has matured and  does not need to be so closely regulated. 

“People don’t have to get ticketed unnecessarily and we have drunk in public laws,” Adams said. “If someone gets out of control, then they would be arrested for that.”