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Heights Preschool pushes to establish Houston’s first ‘alcohol-free zone’ around property

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023 1:12PM

Houston could establish 1st of its kind alcohol-free ozone

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A first-of-its-kind alcohol-free zone could be established around a Heights-area day care on Wednesday.

Houston City Council is set to vote on the proposal, which would set up a 300-foot zone around Heights Preschool where alcohol cannot be sold. The city has similar zones set up around public schools, churches, and hospitals, but this would be the first around a day care.

A decade ago, the city passed an ordinance allowing day cares to seek alcohol-free zones, but until now, no one had applied for one.

The owners of Heights Preschool, located on Oxford near 20th Street, say more than 100 kids are enrolled in the school, and parents say the ban on booze sales will help keep their kids safe.

“Houston has bars on nearly every other corner, but few safe places for children,” Chad Mason addressed council members on Tuesday. “I am asking you to vote for children’s safety and vote for allowing the 300-foot alcohol free zone. All schools currently have this simple ordinance. Why shouldn’t 100 vulnerable children of Heights Preschool have the same?”

City council is set to vote on the alcohol-free application Wednesday.

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