City Council members on Tuesday are scheduled to consider a ban on alcohol games and contests for new restaurants coming to downtown. The rule would be added to regulations imposed by the police chief in September that banned drinking games at the city's existing restaurants that serve alcohol.
That means, in short: No more beer pong in Surf City . . .
Huntington Beach says they are doing this to "encourage better citizenship." I hate to tell them, but drinking games have been around since, well, people first started drinking. So now they'll just take the pong out of the bars and into the streets . . . okay, the homes, actually. Drinking is illegal on the streets.
Why do I care? Because there does not seem to be any real reason to target beer pong specifically and I hate when a nanny state adheres little Bandaids with butterflies on them to issues like this. If Huntington Beach wants to "clean up" the image of its downtown Main Street, then put more lighting, have regular clean-up crews there on weekends (the garbage is usually left to accumulate until Monday when you don't have to pay overtime) and have a police presence with orders to squash bad behavior of any type.
Oh yeah, and more parking.