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Panama City Mayor Issues New Rule - Panama Is Now A Dry Town

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying Casinos, hotels and restaurants now cannot sell alcohol outside of the hours established in Executive Decree 1424 (known as the "carrot law"), after the Mayor of Panama yesterday issued a rule prohibiting it. Decree 1424, issued by the Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino, states that discos, bars, pubs and nightclubs can only sell alcohol during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on weekdays and from 9:00 am 3:00 am on weekends, but casinos and hotels and hotels were excluded. Panama City Mayor Bosco Vallarino yesterday issued Decree 1899, which prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages on the same schedule set forth in the decree by Mulino, but it also includes supermarkets, casinos, small stores, restaurants, casinos and hotels. He called it "carrots for everyone." Vallarino also issued another decree (number 1896) which states that these facilities can continue to work beyond the schedule established in the "law carrot", but with the ban on the sale or free distribution of alcoholic beverages. Violators face fines ranging from $500 to $10,000, and fines will be double for repeat offenders. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: Once again, this is a political move. The original intent of the "carrot law" was to close the bars a little earlier in an attempt to cut down on late night alcohol fueled violence. Of course we all know that's not going to work - historically it's been proven people will just change their drinking and partying habits to conform to the new restrictions and schedules. And the thing about not applying the rule to hotels and casinos was a nod to international visitors and tourism. But now Bosco Vallarino - who is a member of the opposition Panameńista political party - has made this move in order to shove a stick into the eye of Ricardo Martinelli and the CD. And how will they be likely to respond? Don't be surprised if now Martinelli says "screw that dude" and the National Assembly goes back and revokes his Panamanian citizenship. He would then be forced from office, and Roxana Mendez would take over as the new Mayor of Panama City. They have threatened to do this several times, and until recently Bosco has been "playing nice" and this is his first major play since the alliance broke up on 30 August 2011. They just might toast his ass. Let's see. Anyway, no booze for you, bud. I hear you can still party all night long in Costa Rica...

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Panama City Mayor Issues New Rule - Panama Is Now A Dry Town
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 19 2011 @ 04:17 PM UTC

Love that photo, Don, the irony is inescapable -- it's a Q.E.D.!

Panama City Mayor Issues New Rule - Panama Is Now A Dry Town
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, November 20 2011 @ 03:14 AM UTC

If I had to put my lips on one of those ladies in the photo I would need a gallon of Seco first!