Two city council members lobbied in July to discontinue the open-container law in Coeur d’Alene. They said there is currently not enough support from the rest of the council to modify the law, but hope that will change in the future.
Park visitor Todd Fencl said an ice-cold beer was the only thing missing from his barbecue Tuesday in McEuen Park.
Coeur d’Alene City Council member Steve Adams brought the issue to the table after a local company asked for permission to serve beer during so-called,“bike-bus” pub crawls.
Adams said he would like to see Coeur d’Alene operate in a similar fashion as Post Falls when it comes to open-containers.
The Police Chief in Post Falls said the city has not had an open-container law for about 30 years and it has not been a problem. Adams said he thinks the drinking culture in Coeur d’Alene has matured and does not need to be so closely regulated.