Coming to Westport this fall … festival drinking!

The Power & Light District won’t be the only place to drink outdoors this fall. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill last week to allow festival drinking permits in entertainment districts such as Westport, whose business leaders had been fighting for the permit for a long, long time.

Fat City’s Owen Morris has more details, but here’s a primer:

The permits only last for 48 hours, they’re limited to two per month, they must cover an area open only to people of drinking age, and the permit seekers must get written support from at least 50 percent of the businesses, residents and property owners within the area.

In February, David Martin reported on the lobbying efforts by the Cordish Co., developers of the P&L District, to squash outdoor boozing in Westport.

Score one for Westport.

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