Westport stops weekend security screenings for fall; Cites worker shortage

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Enhanced security measures in place to help keep visitors safe in Westport have ended for the season.

The entertainment district said it will continue to close streets in the pedestrian-only zone from 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. on weekends, but people entering the area will no longer be screened.

Westport said the change is being made because Chesley Brown International, the company it hired to handle security, can’t hire enough screeners.

“I think that having more people on the ground is always a good thing. The security gates – they’re keeping an eye on parking lots, especially our parking lots so it’s definitely beneficial there. But I think having more people would be a better solution,” Emmitt Monslow, owner of Sacred Leaf, said.

“It helps protect people in the barrier but outside the barrier it’s an open season,” Monslow said.

In June, Westport announced it would have the weekend screenings through sometime in October.

The entertainment district said it hopes to resume the enhanced security in spring when crowds are historically larger than in the colder months.

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