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Middletown was the first DORA district approved in the state of Ohio. Such a district allows patrons to consume alcoholic beverages outside of bars within the boundaries each day from noon to midnight.
Middletown City Council Tuesday approved the expansion of the city’s Designation Outdoor Refreshment Area along Central Avenue.
While the district is an open container area, the beverages must be purchased at specially licensed establishments within the DORA, according to city officials. Patrons can purchase the drinks and walk around with them, but they cannot take that beverage into another establishment. Rules also do not allow people to bring their own beverages into that area and drink there.
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Starting Jan. 1, bar patrons will be charged $1 for a dated wristband allowing them to participate in the drinking area. Those consuming an alcoholic beverage without the dated wristband or DORA cup could be cited for having an open container.
In early May, Hamilton created a DORA district for its downtown area.