Cape Girardeau cracks down on underage drinking with new alcohol ordinances

Cape Girardeau cracks down on underage drinking with new alcohol ordinances

Amendments to the alcoholic beverage ordinances in Cape Girardeau go into effect on Wednesday.

The Cape Girardeau Police Department says the goal is to crack down on underage drinking.

Here's a look at exactly what those ordinances will require:

Sec. 5-12. – Prohibited acts committed by and involving minors; exemptions.

Duty of licensee, etc. No person licensed under the provisions of this chapter and the general ordinances of the city, nor any employee of such person shall permit or fail to prohibit any minor to enter, visit or remain upon any premises where intoxicating liquor is served or is sold to be consumed on the premises, unless such minor is accompanied by one (1) of his or her parents or by his or her legal guardian. For the purpose of this section "minor" is defined as a person under the age of twenty-one (21) years.

The exemptions to this ordinance are:

(1)    Golf course with nine (9) or more holes.
(2)    Bowling alley with five (5) or more lanes.
(3)    A sports complex or community center owned by a public entity.
(4)    Locations that have a business license to operate as a public building, public grounds, or public hall as defined in section 15-1 of this Code and are exclusively used as such. The exemption shall only apply during the hours of 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.
(5)    Restaurants exempted. The provisions of subsection (c) and subsection shall not apply to those establishments whose primary purpose for being in business is the sale of food and has more than fifty (50) percent of its sales from food prepared on the premises. A minor may enter and remain upon such premises solely for the purpose of purchasing food.

Sec. 5-48. – Consumption liquor license; license required; regulations; penalties; exceptions

D. Any person involved in the direct participation in retail sales of intoxicating liquor is required to complete an alcohol education program that is approved by the chief of police or his designee once every two (2) years. No person licensed under the provisions of this chapter and the general ordinances of the city, nor any employee of such person shall permit or fail to prohibit any person from participating directly in the retail sale of intoxicating liquor who has not completed such program as required herein. A licensee shall maintain a certificate of an employee's successful completion of such program on the licensee's premises and such records shall be available for inspection upon demand by the City of Cape Girardeau, a police officer or liquor control agent. For purposes of this section, the phrase "direct participation in retail sales" includes the duties of accepting payment, taking orders, serving, mixing, or assisting in mixing or serving of intoxicating liquor and includes, but not limited to, a manager/supervisor, bartender, server, cashier, sales clerk or door person. It shall be an affirmative defense to a charge of violating this subsection that the person working in such capacity at the time of the alleged offense had been employed at the place of business for less than fifteen (15) days.

The web site for the on line training is:  http://wellness.missouri.edu/SMART

Sec. 5-49. – Drink specials prohibited.

No person licensed under the provisions of this chapter, nor any employee of such person shall permit or fail to prohibit any of the following:

  • The sale, offering, or delivery for sale beer or intoxicating liquor of any type, at less than the cost of the beer or liquor to the license holder;
  • The sale, offering, or delivering to any person an unlimited number of drinks containing beer or intoxicating liquor of any type during a set period of time for a fixed price;
  • Within the business establishment or the licensed premises, any game or contest which involves drinking or awarding any drinks containing beer or intoxicating liquor of any type.

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