alcohol sales and package stores

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

alcohol sales and package stores:

where to draw the line?

City Commissioners this week gave initial approval to new regulations that restrict package store locations and appearances. At the same time, they started the process to roll back restrictions on hours for the sale of alcohol.
 
The first ordinance would prevent new package stores from opening within 1,500 of another. The current law allows stores to be within 300 feet. The second creates new standards limiting the amount of display space in storefront windows for alcoholic beverage products.

Both ordinances, which passed on first reading, apply only to new operations with current businesses grandfathered in. Several commissioners asked if anything could be done to clean up the  “bad operators” with Commissioner Ricky Arriola asking City staff,  “Can we get creative?” Staff said they would review and bring ideas back to the Commission. The ordinances will be considered for final approval at the April meeting.
 
Commissioners also revisited their previous action to restrict hours for alcohol sales and took the first step to reverse themselves. This past fall, they voted to push sales back from 8 to 10 am but agreed to revisit in May of this year. The action was a request from the Homeless Committee which wanted to give the homeless additional hours to avail themselves of City services and to prevent lines at liquor stores near schools while children are being dropped off. Based on initial reports, there is no additional uptake in services and, while there are no longer lines outside during school drop-off hours, residents complained they were inconvenienced by not being able to buy alcohol during early morning shopping at grocery stores. A compromise to test 9 am sales was nixed when it was pointed out stores that have already had to change their signs once for the 10 am start time, would have to do so again, and potentially a third time if Commissioners decided the 9 am time was too restrictive. In the end, they gave initial approval to roll back sales to 8 am with a final vote at their April meeting.
 
See highlights of other City commission action this week.
 

Alcohol sales curtailed


Susan Askew
Susan Askew
retail sales pushed back to 10 am

Package store separation and display guidelines


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Susan Askew
balance between more or less

alcohol sale hours changing again


Susan Askew
Susan Askew
more citywide, less in entertainment district?

new regulations on sales and service of alcohol


Susan Askew
Susan Askew
new restrictions on hours

commission spotlight on alcohol


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Susan Askew
prohibitions discussed for ocean drive, mxe, sunset harbour