County to consider ban on glass containers along Las Vegas Strip


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County to consider ban on glass containers along Las Vegas Strip

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Sep 1, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- You may not be able to raise a glass on the Las Vegas Strip much longer.

Clark County commissioners are considering a ban on carrying glass bottles or glass containers along the resort corridor from Russell Road to Sahara Avenue. Commissioners are expected to introduce a measure on Tuesday.

The proposal would still allow paper or plastic containers, or glass containers that are inside a closed bag with a receipt attached.

Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said the county first discussed the idea over a year ago but the concept is back at the forefront after the city of Las Vegas passed its own restrictions for areas downtown.

The goal is to reduce litter and address safety concerns with broken glass.

"I think glass is a very dangerous object," said Herb Sutliff, who is visiting from Idaho. "You can cut your feet is someone throws it down and you're walking barefoot."

But some convenience stores and liquor stores are not happy with the proposal.

Barry Yost, a 7-Eleven franchisee on the Strip, said the ban would not only impact sales of alcohol but also juice and iced coffees. Yost told Action News broken glass and litter from the containers has not been a problem on the strip. 

Another liquor store owner on the south end of the Strip, who asked not to be named, worried the ban could put him out of business. While some beverage makers supply the drinks in cans, not all over those products, he said.

Most people we spoke with on the Strip supported the idea.

"I think people's safety should be the first concern," said visitor Muran Eidah.

Commissioners are expected to set a public hearing, which could happen Sept. 16.