Franklin St. business owners fed up

October 15, 2010 1:20:58 PM PDT
Frustrated business owners on Franklin Street say enough is enough.

Now, there's a crackdown on late night partiers who carry open containers of alcohol.

During the day, Franklin St. is a busy stream of students and town residents, but by night, things can get rowdy.

I've seen people climb up in trees and get stuck," UNC student Kelvin Martinez said. "Urinating in public isn't uncommon, I'd say."

Alcohol and late night revelers sometimes don't mix. Some business owners have complained about vandalism.

"It's very densely populated -- people living close, close apartment complexes and they have easy access," Jack Sprat restaurant owner Jason Ray explained. "[They] walk up the street [and] leave their place with a big cup."

A recent crackdown on open containers of alcohols has netted more than 100 citations, which is a significant jump compared to last year.

According to some business owners, the new citations from August to October of this year are impressive. But Ray says his business also is doing its part to keep patrons with open containers under control.

"Zero tolerance," Ray said. "If they sneak out, we catch them, we bust them."

While open alcohol violations have increased, underage drinking citations have dropped -- a possible sign that late night partiers are getting the message.

"Safety is a concern," UNC student Shaniqua Marlow said. "Safety is the issue, and if that's what it takes, then it needs to be enforced."

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