TPD Reverses Decision To Restrict Public Drinking

(Toledo, OH) Toledo Police are pulling back a planned suspension of a public-drinking area Friday evening.

Police Chief George Kral had said the downtown outdoor refreshment area, or DORA, would be shut down over  a concern about alcohol and large crowds attending the Robert Easter boxing match at the Huntington Center while the Mud Hens were playing at Fifth Third Field.

That drinking area is bounded by Lafayette, Erie and Summit streets and Adams Avenue.  

In a statement, the police chief says there have been “no negative issues” to date.

Some activists claimed the decision to suspend the public-drinking area was racially motivated against fans of the Toledo-native fighter who are black. But a lot of bars and restaurants benefit will do big business from DORA patrons with such heavy downtown crowds.

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