Reno City Council Tables Potential Pub Crawl Ordinance

RENO, NV - "We love the city and we want to keep putting on fun events that benefit the city and bring people downtown," says Ed Adkins.

Adkins loves co-organizing themed events like the Zombie Crawl every year, but he's worried that potential new rules could make things too costly to run.

"If it's not cost effective to do something, people are either going to stop doing them or do them somewhere else," says Adkins.

The concern is over the proposed ordinance that would add pub crawls to the city's list of regulated special events. In addition to purchasing a permit, the city also wants the crawls to help pay for cleanup and extra police enforcement.

"The pub crawls are actually growing in great popularity which is a fantastic thing, but with that growth comes the need for additional city services," Jaime Schroeder.

"We're not arguing whether the city needs more resources to get the event done, what we're saying is, don't come to us for everything and then shut us down," says Adkins.

Wednesday's city council meeting gave both sides a chance to clear the air and move toward an eventual compromise.

"Well oftentimes when you do an ordinance change, it certainly gets the interest of the public which is part of the public interest or the public process," says Schroeder.

"Right now the city has presented something. I think what we be great is if we could sit down and cooperate and come up with something that's good for everyone," says Adkins.

The discussion was tabled so that the City Council and organizers can meet to come up with a monetary compromise.

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