Shoppers walk through Saugatuck's shopping district in July 2020.

SAUGATUCK — The city of Saugatuck is looking to launch a social district — a designated area for outdoor drinking — in its downtown to boost local bar and restaurant business during the off-season.

Cities elsewhere in West Michigan — including Muskegon, Grand Rapids and Rockford — have begun testing the waters since social districts were created by the state Legislature in a package of bills that also legalized to-go cocktails.

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