The Mason City Chamber of Commerce sent a proposal to the Park Board Tuesday night, asking for approval from the Park Board to ban booze from East Park on Band Fest weekend except in its “beverage garden.”|The Mason City Chamber of Commerce sent a proposal to the Park Board Tuesday night, asking for approval from the Park Board to ban booze from East Park on Band Fest weekend except in its “beverage garden.”
A Chamber representative read the proposal to the Park board, outlining how the booze ban would benefit Band Fest. “Our recommendation is to restrict the use of alcoholic beverages in East Park to a designated area that is only open from 5 PM until closing on Friday and Saturday evenings.”
The proposal also stated that “our request… means alcohol would NOT be permitted in the park in the morning and afternoon.”
Band Fest will be held May 26-30. The dates in question were Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29.
Mason City Councilman Max Weaver was at the meeting, and addressed the Board on the issue.
“I’m supportive of their beer garden. I just don’t want to be forced to buy beer from them. Don’t make everyone there have to live by your rules.”
The proposal was not endorsed by the Park Board, after some discussion. The vote was 5-0 against supporting the Chamber of Commerce’s proposal.
The City Council still would have had to OK an ordinance change for the booze ban to take affect.