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Mike Lawrence, the owner of Harry's addresses the council Monday night. 

Questions have arisen about the intent of the special event license issued by the City of Watertown for events such as dances, concerts, festivals and other gatherings where alcoholic beverages are being consumed.  

Currently, Watertown City Ordinance says “No person or entity can be issued a special alcoholic beverage license for more than four special events within any calendar year”.  Under state law, an event can last up to 15 days.  Now the city is asking if is fifteen days per event is an appropriate limit. The question came to light following the transfer of a liquor license from a downtown business to another location in the city last Saturday night.  

Julie Knutson of the Watertown Convention and Visitors Bureau urged the council to proceed with caution on the issue....  

Mike Lawrence, the owner of Harry’s, spoke in support of leaving the ordinance the way it is. He said the idea is to get people out into the community.... 

Lawrence said the concert held last Saturday night at "The Crossings” brought more business to his downtown establishment and others as well...... 

Tom Boldt is the owner of Cloud 9 Bar and Casino. He said he isn’t opposed to the event permit, however he is concerned about the length of time allowed by the permit......

Councilman Micheal Heuer said he supports leaving the ordinance the way it is......

No action was taken on the issue.  Council President Adam Lalim encouraged the public to contact the council with any concerns they have with the issue...

To date, only one special event license has been issued. Any future change to the city ordinance would require two readings.