More communities and municipalities are relaxing their open container laws and allowing residents to enjoy their libations in the open air (a trend that R Street has voiced support for). In the latest example, local officials voted against extending an ordinance that prohibited open containers on Florida's Pensacola Beach:
Despite [protests from some local business owners], commissioners voted 3 to 2 against extending the ordinance.
Opponents of extending the ordinance said it infringed on visitors' rights to enjoy public beach areas and that law enforcement already has the authority to break up fights, police shoplifting and address other criminal behaviors.
The ordinance will sunset on June 1...