Dinkytown Businesses Plan Crowd Control

Updated: 12/20/2012 10:47 PM KSTP.com By: Joy Lim Nakrin

Dinkytown business owners have come up with a plan to control rowdy crowds.

They met with Minneapolis police and city leaders Thursday and agreed on a plan to hire four off-duty officers to patrol during the busiest weekends of the year. The cost would be $11,200 per year. Most agree that added security is necessary, but businesses are split as to which of them should pay for it.

Skott Johnson, President of the Dinkytown Business Association, said "Well I definitely hope the late night businesses will be the bulk of the payment because they're the ones that create the crowds here." But bar and pub owners don't want to bear the cost alone. Mike Mulrooney, owner of Blarney Irish Pub and Restaurant, argues "Its the issue of the entire community all the businesses should share in the cost."

The plan is set to take effect in the new year.