Jan 25, 2013 at 7:41 am
Too many bars? That was one of the topics of talk as members of the Grand Forks Safety / Service Committee began looking at alcohol and the local laws that regulate the industry. Grand Forks has issued 77 liquor licenses of all types to businesses throughout the city. Some say capping or limiting the number of licenses will help reduce competition and the need for cheap drink specials to attract customers. City Attorney Howard Swanson says the city did away with capping licenses on a per capita basis in 1992. Swanson says he hasn't seen any research that suggests capping licenses reduces illegal activity. Safety officials point to a recent survey that found that between 2007 and 2010 around 22-percent of adults in Grand Forks reported they engaged in binge drinking. In addition drivers in Grand Forks County had greater rates of drunk driving than any other across the state. The committee will continue its discussion at a meeting February 28th.