No on DORA

Like many others, I was very disappointed in the first reading of downtown outdoor refreshment area and that there was a lot of outside support for it at that meeting of Tiffin City Council. I understand there are 14 businesses that presently want this plan, that all serve alcohol.

DORA will allow people to carry alcoholic beverages along our main street of town starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday right through the week and then 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. How can that possibly be necessary to have that many open container times along our main street? Really, is it necessary to have it at all?

We have two schools in close proximity that, although they may get out around 3 p.m., what about extra-curricular activities? What about those stores that are open until 5 p.m.?

I also understand those drinking and walking along the sidewalks are not allowed in the stores with their drink, so it’s not going to increase shopping. So what is the purpose?

Is open drinking really more important than being good role models for our kids and grandkids? Do our kids and grandkids really have to walk along our streets with open drinking?

Tiffin and Seneca County have been spending a lot of money and working hard to help community residents battling drug and also alcohol abuse issues in order to rebuild their lives. For someone with addiction issues, drugs and alcohol go hand in hand. Is it fair to them, when they stay out of bars and try their best to stay away from the issues that have, in many cases, ruined their lives, to now bring the bars and drinking to the streets?

Isn’t it hard enough to stay away from temptations without it being thrown in your face? Tiffin is better than this; let’s keep the drinking in the bars and off our streets.

I am asking anyone who feels as I do to please attend the public meeting and second reading of DORA Monday. The meeting is held at the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center (the old Kroger building, just past the movie theater). The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:45 p.m. Let’s support those city councilmen and women who have not been in favor of this plan.

Sincerely,

Nancy Bailey,

Tiffin

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