On Tuesday the Rogers City Council approved an ordinance permitting public drinking in an “entertainment district” roughly ten city blocks in size, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The public drinking ordinance reportedly was approved by a vote of seven to one.

Arkansas law lets cities and towns approve public drinking in commercial neighborhoods where bars and restaurants are located.

As we have said time and time again, public drinking is a scourge on the community.

It raises serious concerns about drunk driving and public safety.

Public drinking doesn’t attract new businesses or bolster the economy.

It hurts neighborhoods and families.

Arkansans ought to stay away from any proposal that would legalize public drinking in their communities.