Council narrows scope of All-Star Game ‘clean zone’ in face of legal challenge

The City Council passed a resolution today narrowing the scope of a downtown “clean zone” during the All-Star Game festivities one day after the ACLU of Minnesota announced it planned to file a lawsuit against the city challenging it. 

City Council Member John Quincy (Ward 11) said the intent of the “clean zone” is to protect local businesses near Target Field when the Major League All-Star Game comes to Minneapolis in mid-July. The resolution allows the city to deny temporary permits and licenses to pop-up vendors in the “clean zone” around the ballpark July 10-16. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota said Thursday it planned to file a lawsuit against the city on behalf of organizers planning an event near the ballpark in mid-July commemorating the 80th anniversary of the 1934 Teamsters Strike. The lawsuit alleges the “clean zone” violates the organizers’ First Amendment rights. 

In the resolution, it notes the city anticipates that the permit application for the One Day in July event will be approved.