EAST ST. LOUIS, Il. (KMOX)-In an effort to reduce crime, violence and noise in his city, East St. Louis’ Mayor has issued a new edict to the city’s packaged liquor stores.
Alvin Parks sent out a fax Thursday afternoon stating that: “EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. There is to be no liquor sales, including beer, after 1:00 am. 7 days a week. 365 days a year.”
Liquor sales had been legal in East St. Louis until 3:00 a.m.
Parks tells KMOX he’s been thinking about making the move for a while, but last weekend was the last straw,”When I saw people continuing to sell packaged liquor at 4:20, 5:45, 5:20 in the morning and it just really got under my skin.”
Parks says some packaged liquor stores are becoming nightclubs, “Just watching people come on to the gas station parking lot. You hear the horns blowing. Tires going. Loud conversations. One store even had a dj outside encouraging people to stick around, dance, have a good time as if they had an outdoor nightclub. They’re not prepared for nightclub activities.
“There’s a reason there are nightclub licenses, tavern licenses and then there are package liquor store licenses. You’re not prepared for nightclub activities at a gas station.”
Parks says first time offenders will be fined at least $400, but he reserves the right to increase the fines up to $1,000 and suspend or revoke liquor licenses.
Copyright KMOX Radio