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Las Vegas dealing with downtown drinking debate

Reported by: Kelsey Thomas
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Updated: 5/27 1:21 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Fremont Street is at the center of a big debate about whether people are drinking too much alcohol in one of the biggest tourist spots in Las Vegas.

The city is taking control of when and where people can buy alcohol on Fremont Street. 

The Memorial Day holiday was busy; just last night police were called in to break up a fight.

Witnesses say the fight happened at around 11 p.m. Dozens of officers were called in to keep the peace.

A local couple said the fight started in a crowd of people near the Third Street stage.

“I overheard a group of tourists, they were women,” said Las Vegas resident Hunter Blackburn. “They were shaken and they came around the corner and they were nervous because they were like is this a well-lit street? We have to get out of here, it's getting crazy.”

It is unclear if alcohol fueled the fight, but that's what the Las Vegas City Council wants to avoid with a new city ordinance banning stores from selling packaged liquor, beers more than 32 ounces, and beers with a high alcohol content.

City Councilman Bob Coffin says underage drinking, homeless people, and aggressive street performers are the biggest problems.

The city council’s next challenge is cracking down on nearly naked street performers.

Coffin says they are looking at putting together an ordinance to limit what times these performers can be out on Fremont Street.

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