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Coalition Supports 21 Ordinance
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- That mission continued Wednesday for the Partnership for Alcohol Safety - a community coalition consisting of bar owners, university and city leaders.
We know that we've got more work to do...and now and again there's reminders of that, said Kelly Bender, Campus-Community Harm Reduction Initiatives Coordinator.
The discussion turned towards sharpening ID checking skills at local bars
So they can be compliant with state and local alcohol laws, Bender said.
Bonnie Weldon says she may has an idea for a voluntary program that may help - mystery shopping.
Her company, Sneak Peak Mystery Shopping, would send someone aged 21 to 24 into bars and restaurants and see if they are carded for an alcohol purchase.
It would help make the business owners more aware, the employees more aware, Weldon said.
Restaurant owners George Etre support the potential program.
I think it's great, I think itll be a great tool, Etre said.
However, there are still things to work out, such as whether or not businesses will get incentives for participating.
Any time you incentivize something you're gonna get a lot more people participating, Etre said.
While the partnership for alcohol safety is still in discussion on the mystery shopper program, there's one big issue they took a very firm stance on.
The group is throwing its support behind the 21 ordinance as it heads to the ballot.
Together with other strategies, it's been a really key piece of the puzzle we've put together, Bender said.
The vote on whether to repeal the 21 ordinance is November 5th.