Prepping For The Pub Crawl

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated May 16, 2007 at 7:18 PM EDT

Belmar manager Ed Hickey says he's looking forward to having Binghamton University students stop in during the Pub Crawl.

"This week is pretty much the goodbyes. They come in, say goodbye, you know, thanks for everything. And I hope it isn't as a going away gift we give them an appearance ticket," says Hickey.

Recently, Binghamton City Council voted to crack down on the drinking event by strictly enforcing the open container law.

Underage drinking and littering will also be checked.

The Belmar along with other Binghamton bars will have a few extra bouncers for Friday's day long party.

The city, police and bar owners came up with a heavier security plan.

"I really don't think the city or the police are cracking down. I think they're just going the extra mile to make sure everything's orderly and that safety is the premiere issue," says Gene Fast of Flashback's.

Flashback's on State Street will have more than a dozen bouncers.

Binghamton Police put 5 more officers on duty.

"We hope that they have a good time while they are here in town. We're certainly not asking them not to drink. We're just asking them to drink responsibly and to not drink while traveling between establishments," says Chief Steven Tronovitch of Binghamton Police.

The city also created a pub crawl dictionary, which will be found in the local bars.

Inside students will find information, like what makes an open container.

It will help students will stay out of trouble without giving up the fun.

Binghamton Police Chief Steven Tronovitch says there are fewer criminal acts during B-U Pub Crawls, than on a typical weekend night.

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