ESL Mayor Says Liquor Restrictions Positive For Community

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) — Imposing package liquor sale restrictions in East Saint Louis appear to be working.

Those restrictions have now been in place for three weeks and require packaged liquor sales to stop at 1 a.m. instead of 3 a.m.

Mayor Alvin Parks tells KMOX there is a little less loitering. “We have certainly reduced the number of code reds that you would actually see out in the environment. We’re seeing less of that real urgent call out for law enforcement.”

But the restrictions have been met with resistance from business owners. Owners says when customers realize they can’t buy that 6 pack of beer or bottle of wine they go somewhere else for their gas too.

Parks knows its hitting their bottom line.

“That’s the greatest challenge were facing right now. We’re trying to make sure our business don’t suffer too badly.”

There are nine businesses that are affected by the restrictions.

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