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Boca Raton 4 a.m. last call for alcohol proposal rejected

After entertaining a proposal that could have allowed Boca Raton to be the only south Palm Beach County city to allow alcohol sales going until 4 a.m. on the weekends, city leaders decided Monday, Nov. 10 to stick to its customary 2 a.m. last call.

Cautionary tales and data of increased assaults, drunken driving and gang activity were heard. As well as the burden a pilot program may caused if put to the test.

The Sun Sentinel reported there was going to be a six-month pilot project for one location. But that could have put the city in court for favoring one business over another. So another proposal would have allowed alcohol sales to go further past 2 a.m. for certain establishments on a trial basis. But that could mean a whopping 17 downtown establishments may participate.

Instead, City Manager Leif Ahnell and Police Chef Dan Alexander warned against it. So the party still ends at 2 a.m. in downtown Boca Raton.

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