HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The city of Hattiesburg is adding a leisure and recreation known as the Midtown Social District. The ordinance was passed by city leaders on Tuesday.
“This development, I think is great because people from the hotel that are visiting and then people who just want to walk around the complex have the ability to have a mixed drink or an adult beverage and enjoy not just the individual location,” said Scott Stephen, owner of Taziki’s.
Business owners in the District at Midtown are reacting following the Go Cup ordinance passing in the City of Hattiesburg.
“I’m all for it. Just being a responsible citizen, I am all about the responsibility aspect of it," said Taj Stewart, owner of Southern Kernels. "But, if it’s treated as such, I think it could be a really good thing and it’s exciting just to bring some new flavor and new opportunity for people to come down here.”
A similar to-go cup ordinance went into effect in downtown Hattiesburg in late 2017. The ordinance allows you to walk around the area with a beer, wine or mixed drink in a to-go cup.
“The go cup ordinance is exactly the same thing we did in downtown Hattiesburg about a year ago," said Ward 1 City Councilman Jeffrey George. "This will give patrons of the businesses in midtown the opportunity to walk from business to business with a go cup and a drink in that go cup. That way, if they want to go visit people at another restaurant or bar or whatever it may be, they have the opportunity to do that.”
George said this ordinance is specifically for the midtown area and includes a stretch of US Highway 49 and Arlington Loop.
“Also, it will hopefully help encourage business owners and developers to grow their businesses to invest in midtown and hopefully continue to add more bars and restaurants in the area,” George said.
The ordinance will be implemented in June. You can view the district boundaries here.
“I think it’s exciting," Stewart said. "I think it’s a good opportunity to draw a lot of people down to the midtown area for that reason.”