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Davenport city leaders will discuss placing a possible moratorium on new liquor licenses at Wednesday night's council meeting.

The area being considered runs from Marquette Street on the west, to River Drive and Federal Street on the east. From the Mississippi River on the south, to 6th Street on the north.

City council changed the liquor license ordinance in January 2012, which got rid of a 2,700 foot mandatory distance between licensed businesses. City leaders believe the change is a causing a saturation of businesses requesting carry-out liquor licenses.

"This moratorium will give us some time to investigate the situation and hopefully come up with a better solution," said Bill Boom, Davenport Alderman.

But not everyone agrees with a liquor license moratorium. The Discount Tobacco & More on River Dr. and Warren St. recently applied for one.

"We've got to have liquor, we've got to have beer, we've got to have all alcoholic beverages to compete with [other businesses]," said manager, Aban Baral.

"From the perspective of competition, we can't run business without having what they have," he said.

If the moratorium goes into effect, it wouldn't impact carry-out liquor only. Bars, restaurants and businesses with already established liquor licenses would not be impacted.

The issue will be voted on next week.

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