Sioux Falls City Council’s most baffling vote rears it head

Last April (2018) the city council decided to deny a beer and wine license to West Mall 7. All eight councilors voted against it, which I felt was one of the most ignorant moments in council history, and proved to me that the council (and planning commission) only approves things for the rich, powerful and well-connected in Sioux Falls.

Fast forward to the State Theatre wanting a license and some on the council still defend their vote saying there wasn’t a sufficient security plan. WTF?

Frager had planned to sell alcoholic beverages at a different space than the regular concession area and require folks to present identification to prove they’re of age. They’d also have to wear a wristband so staff could tell if someone holding a beer or wine had their IDs checked.

You know, the same security plan ALL city owned entertainment venues have right now. As I said at the time of the vote, what is stopping me from handing a drink to a minor at the EC, the Pavilion or the Levitt after I legally buy it? At least councilor Starr has realized it was a stupid vote (that and the fact that I chide him about it weekly.) I also find it ironic that the same members of the RS5 (Neitzert and Erickson) defend their ignorant votes on the WM7 issue that same as they defend the votes on the DT Parking Ramp. True Trumpists, when caught in a F’up, double-down on the F’up.

Now that the city council has kept minors safe from the dangers of Coors Light, let’s go throw some axes while throwing back some beers! No safety issues there!



6 comments ↓

#1 D@ily Spin on 07.12.19 at 9:56 am

Beer at the State Theater invites an antitrust lawsuit from West Mall 7. It can’t happen but this is Sioux Falls where the rich and political control everything. I still can’t believe Ax throwing at a bar was approved.

#2 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 07.13.19 at 12:02 pm

Perhaps beer and ax throwing at the State Theatre could help with its restoration.

#3 Peter on 07.13.19 at 7:23 pm

This is a really bad look for the mayor and city council.

Looks like a microcosm of the crony capitalism our nation is facing.

Government picking winners and losers. And the winners happen to be their buddies and pet projects.

#4 anominous on 07.13.19 at 7:46 pm

there is just no way to get an employee to clean up the all puke in the mall unless they got one of those things from logans run

#5 anominous on 07.13.19 at 7:49 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSkj8GxcOoI

#6 One who wears ties and dress shoes... on 07.15.19 at 1:52 am

‘Logan’s Run!’…..#YahFarrahBaby!….#ThereYouGo 😉

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