[Hpn] Drinking Ban Nixed By Judge

William CharlesTinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Tue, 11 Jan 2005 16:26:40 -0500


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January 11, 2005

DRINKING BAN NIXED

A month before thousands of fans arrive in Jacksonville for the Super Bowl,
a county judge ruled the city's ban on drinking alcohol in public is
unconstitutional.

Duval County Judge Charles Cofer ruled police cannot enforce the city's
ordinance because it is selectively enforced and gives too much authority to
the mayor to make exemptions.

The decision is the result of a challenge to the arrest of three homeless
men charged with drinking beer in the city's Treaty Oak Park, located in an
area where Super Bowl fans will be allowed to drink.

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