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  • Lake Ozark board says 'no' to open containers — again

  • The Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen, with the help of Mayor Johnnie Franzeskos, has once again slammed the door on suspending the open container law for The Strip.


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    The Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen, with the help of Mayor Johnnie Franzeskos, has once again slammed the door on even considering suspension of the open container law for The Strip.

    Franzeskos cast the tie-breaking vote on a motion to table the issue and set up a workshop among city officials to discuss the open container law.

    The issue was back on the agenda at the request of Jeff Van Donsel and Todd Painter who wanted additional discussion relative to a failed request to have open containers during the Lake Shootout Meet and Greet in August. They voted at the last meeting not to allow open containers on The Strip but to approve the Meet and Greet event in August.

    Van Donsel Tuesday night offered a motion to table the issue and set up a workshop for further consideration. Painter seconded the motion.

    Voting to table and to have a workshop were Van Donsel, Painter and Neels. Voting not to table were Larry Buschjost, Don Langley and Tony Otto.

    In casting the tie-breaking vote, Mayor Franzeskos said, “no, absolutely no,” virtually killing any further official discussion on the matter.

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