Businesses relying on alcohol sales in Cape Girardeau could face new rules with a proposed alcohol ordinance. Any business making 35-percent of their gross profits through alcohol sales may not allow patrons under 21 to be in the building after 10 PM. It passed in the first meeting and could be voted on November 5th. If it passes it can take effect as soon as November 16th. City and University Officials hope this will cut down on the amount of underage drinking in the area. City Manager Scott Meyer tells KZIM-KSIM they feel this number better indicates a company’s main source of income. Police will continue to enforce the statute along with completing regular compliance checks and training. Employees under 21 would be exempt from this rule. The city is asking for public opinion on the issue with a survey on-line at cityofcape.org/survey.
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