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City council approves Providence entertainment district

Providence's district hours will run longer than those downtown. Providence's district hours will run longer than those downtown.

Huntsville's nightlife world now has a new entertainment district, with more hours for entertaining. Thursday night, the city council approved plans to set up a district in the Village of Providence development.

Providence community town hall meetings have found strong, if not unanimous support for an entertainment district, a designated area where people out for a night on the town can legally take their alcoholic drinks from place to place.

"It almost reminds you of New Orleans, how you can walk from bar to bar. I think being able to carry your drink and walk around would make it more attractive to tourists," said resident Jake Dulaney.

The city approved the plan, which covers many more hours than Huntsville's downtown districts. At Providence, the district's hours will run from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays.

The plan's sponsor council member, Will Culver, said Providence is an obvious choice for an entertainment district.

"It is so self-contained. Basically, when you look at the way the restaurants are situated, we almost have an entertainment district without an entertainment district," said Culver.

The addition of Providence marks Huntsville's third entertainment district, and city leaders said the current success of the two in downtown meant the newcomer's time was due.

"It's about entertainment and making your urban centers alive and having people come down there," said Mayor Tommy Battle.

The new district's first big event is already scheduled. That event is the Providence Pink Party, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, benefiting the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run.

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