The issue of open containers in Lake Ozark appears to have gone quietly into the night.
Jeff Carroll, representing the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Committee, announced to the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen Tuesday night that one of eight bars which needed to sign an open container agreement for a Shootout event has declined to participate
"It's not going to happen," Carroll said.
He approached the board in May about designating a pre-determined area of the Strip for open containers of alcohol for a Meet and Greet event the week before the Shootout in August. After a board of alderman workshop on the issue, a draft Temporary Outdoor Consumption Permit was designed by City Attorney Roger Gibbons. The caveat was that all eight bar owners/restaurant managers had to sign the agreement before the city would move forward.
Although the lone holdout was not identified, the bars on the list were: Beavers at the Dam, Alley Cats, The Rock Island, Burnt Ends, Lucky's, Casablanca and Wise Guy's Brew Pub.
Allowing open containers in Lake Ozark, more specifically The Strip, has been a contentious issue for Lake Ozark officials for several months. The board finally agreed to allow open containers only for the Meet and Greet event if there was unanimous support from the eight businesses.
"I want to thank the board for having the workshop on open containers," Carroll told the board. "You're been more than fair. Unfortunately, one of the businesses will not sign the agreement. That being said, I hope you can consider this in the future."
Statement of intent
Highlights of the Statement of Intent for a Temporary Outdoor Consumption Permit, included:
•Possession and consumption of an open container of alcohol would only be allowed in the Event Area, which has yet to be determined
•All applicants would have to apply for a permit allowing for the Temporary Outdoor Consumption Permit.
•The permit would authorize closing of streets within the Event Area
•Nobody would be allowed to possess an alcoholic beverage except in an Event Cup issued by the permit applicants
•Everyone buying an alcoholic beverage in an Event Cut must be 21 years old, and must be designated by a wristband. No one will be served an alcoholic beverage without a wristband.
•The permit applicant must be responsible for providing sufficient security personnel to ensure compliance with the ordinance and laws of the city and state
•No glass containers will be allowed in the event area
ªPermit applicants must reimburse the city for costs associated with law enforcement personnel needed to police the event over and above the normal force during the event at a rate of $35 per hour.