St. Charles Politician Wants to Cut Off Alcohol at 11

June 04, 2018 - 8:38 am

ST. CHARLES (KMOX) - A St. Charles city councilman wants to establish an 11 p.m. restriction on alcohol sales along historic Main Street -- two hours earlier than the current cut-off time.

Ward 7 representative Dave Beckering was asked if two hours would make that big of a difference.

“I believe it will because I have personally gone down there with our police officers, and a lot of the folks don’t even arrive until 9:30 or 10 o’clock, and I believe if they know there’s going to be no liquor after 11, they probably won't come at all,” he says.

Beckering's proposal has come under fire from several Main Street bar owners. In fact, he told KMOX that during Tuesday night's meeting, he'll move to table the measure for 30 days to allow city leaders and business owners to discuss other alternatives.    

“I’ve been accused of trying to bring prohibition back, and all that’s fine, but what we have now is large numbers of people very intoxicated in a three block area and it’s become a public safety issue when these places close down,” he says.