Festival event faces First Amendment issues
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Organizers of the “Thursday Night Live” Festival District point to growing attendance numbers showing how Jefferson City’s “special events” ordinance allowing open containers on city streets brought more people downtown.
But some dog owners, with their pets on leashes as required by city ordinance, and some people who wanted to circulate petitions, were asked to leave the downtown festivities.
Interim City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said those situations “deserve further review” as city officials consider creating another Festival District ordinance.