Seattle to offer "liquor sticker" for more convenient night outDecember 29, 2010 @ 5:19 am (Updated: 1:30 pm - 3/28/11 )
As part of Mayor McGinn's initiative to make a night on the town a bit less of a hassle, Seattle parking pay stations will soon offer a next-day prepaid parking option.
At a briefing at the historic Washington Hall Tuesday evening, McGinn said the change will coincide with a planned parking fee increase next year. Those out late in the city will have the option to purchase a sticker for the first two hours of metered time the following day.
"We'll make it possible for someone to buy the parking sticker late at night, put it in their car, so they would have until 10 a.m. to come back and get their car," McGinn said. "Some people, but not us, are calling it the liquor sticker."
The city will also post signs labeling late-night taxi zones, so tipsy club-goers can more easily catch a cab.
The city received more than 2,400 comments from the public since McGinn first announced his nightlife initiative in July.
The original plan included a study of whether extending alcohol service hours past 2 a.m. would be beneficial. "We've heard from the public that they like the extended service hours," McGinn said Tuesday. "They want us to continue to pursue it."
But McGinn said it will be some time, perhaps up to a year before the bureaucratic obstacles can be cleared, adding that he has discussed the proposition with the state liquor control board.
"There are serious public safety issues with the 2 a.m. pushout, which overwhelms our police resources," McGinn said.
The mayor cited a 95 percent success rate achieved by the city's Code Compliance team in resolving late-night club-related issues, but said the public comments also revealed a possible concern with the way that team goes about its duties.
The mayor has opened an audit into whether gay and lesbian clubs are unfairly targeted by compliance officers. "We decided our starting point should be to do an audit from the code compliance standpoint and get data on that," McGinn said, adding that the audit has just recently begun. He did not say how many complaints there have been.
"The Mayor's Office will continue to evaluate progress as the public brings concerns," a report released to the media Tuesday said.
Bonneville Media encourages site users to express their opinions by posting comments. Our goal is to maintain a civil dialogue in which readers feel comfortable. At times, the comments can descend to personal attacks. Please do not engage in such behavior. We encourage your thoughtful comments which: have a positive and constructive tone, are on topic, are respectful toward others and their opinions. Bonneville reserves the right to remove comments which do not conform to these criteria.