Commissioners approve Sandbar outdoor seating

Commissioners also unanimously approved a sidewalk seating and drinking area for The Sandbar, 17 E. Eighth St.

The downtown bar is seeking to become the latest to take advantage of new city regulations that allow some downtown bars to create sidewalk seating areas to serve customers.

Previously, only restaurants were able to have sidewalk seating areas downtown. But bar owners convinced commissioners that the rules needed to be changed following the city’s implementation of a citywide smoking ban.