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Meeting held to discuss Westport’s future

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Westport has been the center of controversy over a plan to screen for guns on late night weekends and that could come up in a meeting tonight on the entertainment district’s future.

The purpose tonight is to create a broad development plan for the district.

Some of the topics are land use and zoning, the residential/commercial breakdown, and things like historic character, parking and traffic.

It’s unknown at this time if the gun screening issue will come up.

It’s something the city council has already approved, with some civil rights protections built it, after months of vocal opposition from the NAACP.

The district has screened for IDs, 21 and over, on weekend nights in the summer for more than two decades.

The gun issue arose after state law became laxer on guns and violence increased.

That may come up tonight, but the design firm leading the meeting says that’s not the focus.

“We are going to show the folks who attend some information and we want to get their feedback on what they believe the current state of Westport is and then, ultimately, what they want to see the future be,” said Graham Smith with Gould Evans.

The gun screenings are slated to begin in April.

Tonight’s meeting, which is the first of three, goes until 7:30 p.m. 

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