Lake Worth commissioner: Booze ban is working

scott-maxwellLAKE WORTH — Earlier this year, the city passed an ordinance banning stores from selling prepackaged alcohol between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The ban upset many local convenience store owners who said it would cut into sales.

But the new law, according to City Commissioner Scott Maxwell, seems to be doing what it was meant to do — help clean up the city.

“It’s one of the little things that we’ve been trying to do in the city to get a handle on some of the knuckleheads who aren’t behaving like they should,” Maxwell said at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting.

The ban, Maxwell, added, has cut down on public drunkenness, littering, assaults and robberies and drunk drivers.

On another front, Maxwell said the city should host a crime workshop in the new year to discuss the root causes and how the city is addressing it.

“It’s time to have an adult conversation,” Maxwell said. “This is not the Lake Worth of old. Things are getting better,”

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