BOOZE BLUES: City Council Denies Liquor Applications

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If it's not a single shop, it's a whole chain of them...

"It's like trying to plug a dam, you know," says Des Moines City Councilman, Brian Meyer, "you put your finger in one place and it's gonna come out another."

It was QT earlier this spring, and now Walgreens -- all with hopes of hard liquor.

"From my own perspective," says councilman, Skip Moore, "I'd think if I didn't live in Des Moines I'd be thinking that we're nothing but a bunch of drunken bums because that's all we're concentrating on is liquor licenses."

The Des Moines City Council continues to play defense against Iowa Class E liquor license applicants.  The law was created to give small town stores a chance, but urban stores have tried to exploit the loophole, to the chagrin of their residential neighbors.

"Between E. 29th and E. 30th, we could have the potential of about four locations that are gonna have Class E liquor licenses, that's all within one block," Moore says

The moratorium on issuing new Class E licenses blocked new applications from 10 area Walgreens stores on Tuesday evening, but when the moratorium runs out in late June, the city will need to come up with a rule that somehow helps both businesses and the neighborhoods that surround them.

"It's a hugely profitable business and I understand that," Mayer says, "but there's legitimate concerns by neighborhoods that just outweighs a business being able to sell liquor."

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