By JAMES SWIFT
A discussion on a possible downtown entertainment district drew a large crowd to Thursday evening’s Cartersville City Council meeting — with the majority of speakers adamantly opposed to the idea.
Similar to areas in Acworth, Kennesaw and Woodstock, the proposed district would allow individuals to carry and consume alcoholic beverages within a specified boundary.
“Council had entertained this ordinance in the past, but it never got any traction,” said Cartersville City Councilman Jayce Stepp. “Obviously, we have festival zones that I think have gone pretty well … that’s basically a mapped out area that allows open container inside that area.”
At this point, however, he noted there is no defined or agreed-upon map for what the zone would consist of — nor a consensus on what days of the week such a district would be activated.
“Not only would we restrict where it can be, not just make it the entire downtown, but…