"Rampant" drinking is the reason Alexandria Bay Mayor Terry Robb says is the reason the village board recently loosened the open container ban. Drinking the devil's brew will be allowed on certain streets during select festivals including the much talked about motorcycle rally in June.
In discussing the changes with the WDT, Mayor Robb said he does not want to encourage outdoor drinking, but certain events require a looser approach to the long standing outdoor prohibition. Signage will have to be installed to tell revelers where they can imbibe.
The measure and the debate over it has created record traffic on this blog after the mayor made disparaging remarks about "bad bikers" at the motorcycle rally. Local Alex Bay blogs stoked the fire with calls for the mayor's resignation and claims he was discouraging people from visiting the normally sleepy St. Lawrence River resort.
Watertown Daily Times Alexandria Bay to loosen its open container law