Higüey city bans use of alcohol, vapes, and hookahs in parks and plazas

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The ban on consumption of alcoholic beverages, vapes and hookahs in parks and plazas in Higuey by the Higüey City Hall is a trending topic. The controversy is whether Higuey Mayor Karina Aristy has the legal right to ban the consumption.

Aristy issued the notice on the Higuey City social media. The measure would be in effect immediately, that is on Monday, 17 June 2024.

Higüey authorities explained that this decision seeks to promote healthy habits and ensure a family environment in the public spaces of the city.

The statement highlights that the ban is based on Article 27 of Law 175-07 on Municipal and Municipal Districts, which empowers municipalities to regulate the use of public spaces.

The city hall warns that those who violate the ban will be subject to the sanctions established in the municipal regulations. The sanctions are not listed.

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Manuel01

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No Beer etc in Public Parks. Best Joke ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just to see this with my own eyes would be worth a trip to Higuey.
Another great example of how disconected Politicians are from Reality.
 

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There was another politician who wanted this on a national-wide level.

I always first think about who stands to benefit from these types of laws. Removing a simple affordable pleasure from lower and working class Dominicans seems unfair. Seemingly forcing everyone to bars and restaurants if they want to drink which can be out of reach for many people.
 
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There was another politician who wanted this on a national-wide level.

I always first think about who stands to benefit from these types of laws. Removing a simple affordable pleasure from lower and working class Dominicans seems unfair. Seemingly forcing everyone to bars and restaurants if they want to drink which can be out of reach for many people.
Relax ! NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN !
 

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"Higüey authorities explained that this decision seeks to promote healthy habits" so maybe no more street vendors with anything other than fruits and veggies will be next.
 

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Being able to Drink a bottle of BEER just about anywhere, anytime is one of the major SELLING points for visiting the DR .
Not while driving , but as a Passenger pouring into a little cup. and in the Park or on the Malecon..
You really start harassing people for that and imo the house of cards will begin to crumble.
focus on the Loud Music . which is already illegal, start there .
This "Banning" concept while doing NOTHING about the Real Problems , is the beginning of Tyranny if you asked me .
And Not everyone can afford to sit at a Bar paying double prices.
 
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There was another politician who wanted this on a national-wide level.

I always first think about who stands to benefit from these types of laws. Removing a simple affordable pleasure from lower and working class Dominicans seems unfair. Seemingly forcing everyone to bars and restaurants if they want to drink which can be out of reach for many people.
That's true to a point, but as long as drinking in the colmados and car washes remains legal, it's not a big whoop to me.
 

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I have been to Higuey countless times. I didn't know they had a park. It's not a very nice place and drinking makes it just tolerable
 
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That's true to a point, but as long as drinking in the colmados and car washes remains legal, it's not a big whoop to me.
The information clarifies that will be in public spaces (parks, plazas) not private locations.

Anyway, we'll see how they'll execute.

Remember, we had a precedent and it was during Covid under state of emergency and it was the President -not a city mayor- who banned alcohol in public spaces.