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County considers banning glass bottles on the Strip

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Signage advises that package liquor is not allowed to be consumed at the Fremont Street Experience Thursday, July 17, 2014.

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Glass bottles on the Las Vegas Strip could be outlawed under a new ordinance being considered by the Clark County Commission today.

In a move that echoes steps Las Vegas took on Fremont Street earlier this summer, commissioners are considering a new law that would ban open glass bottles on Strip sidewalks. Glass bottles will still be allowed if they’re carried in plastic or paper bags that are stapled closed with the receipt attached to the front.

Commissioners introduced the ordinance at their meeting today. A public hearing and possible vote on the ordinance were scheduled for Sept. 16.

The ordinance is meant to cut down on litter on the Strip and reduce the amount of broken glass on sidewalks, according to county documents.

The ordinance has received letters of support from the Nevada Resort Association, which represents Strip casinos, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Two letters of opposition were submitted, including one from Barry Yost, who represents a 7-11 near Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue.

Yost wrote that stapling bags shut was impractical and the ordinance would favor casinos at the expense of small businesses.

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