Winter Backyard considers 1-year halt on new alcohol licenses


The town of Winter Backyard could also be placing a brief cap on including extra alternatives to promote alcohol in its historic downtown space.

On Thursday night, the Metropolis Fee held a primary studying on an ordinance that will put a 1-year moratorium on issuing new allowances for promoting alcohol for on-site consumption. 

What You Want To Know

  • The proposed ordinance would stop new companies from promoting alcohol for a yr in downtown Winter Backyard
  • The primary studying occurred throughout Thursday’s Winter Backyard Metropolis Fee assembly
  • Residents can have a possibility to weigh in throughout a public listening to and second studying on Might 26

The ordinance was produced by Winter Backyard Neighborhood Improvement Director Steve Pash. In a submission to the Metropolis Fee delivered by Metropolis Supervisor Jon C. Williams, Pash mentioned that:

“The Metropolis has a priority concerning the affect of getting extreme variety of companies promoting alcoholic drinks for on-premises consumption inside the Downtown District and needs for the Metropolis employees to judge and probably suggest adjustments to Chapter 6, Metropolis of Winter Backyard Code of Ordinance regulating alcoholic beverage gross sales and to the Metropolis’s land growth laws to handle such concern.”

Spectrum Information 13 reached out to each Pash and Williams for remark Thursday, however didn’t hear again earlier than publication.

Chapter 6 of the Winter Backyard metropolis constitution states, partially, that an institution isn’t allowed to have on-premises consumption of alcohol “if the place of work is nearer than 1,000 ft to the place of work of any vendor whereby on-premises consumption of alcoholic drinks is permitted.”

Eating places are exempt from this distance limitation. 

Map of downtown courtesy of town of Winter Backyard.

Again in August 2019, town’s Constitution Assessment Committee voted 8-0 to take away what was then “Part 5 Sale of alcoholic drinks.”

That part said the next: 

“All laws affecting the placement of any institution promoting intoxicating liquor, wine, or beer for consumption on the premises shall be topic to a referendum of the voters; and aside from eating places that derive greater than fifty-one (51) % of their annual income from the gross sales of meals and nonalcoholic drinks served for consumption on the premises, any institution promoting intoxicating liquors, wine, or beer, for consumption on the premises, shall not be positioned lower than one thousand 2 hundred (1,200) ft from a faculty or a longtime church inside the company limits of town.”

Wendy Ramey is the gross sales supervisor at Wheel Works, a motorcycle store within the historic downtown. She mentioned whereas the bike store doesn’t have any plans to promote alcohol to its clients, she’s observed increasingly more companies have began to include such gross sales into their companies through the years. 

“Nearly each restaurant down right here now has liquor or beer and wine, the place 20 years in the past, there was hardly any,” Ramey mentioned. “So, at this level, the choices are limitless, however why not nonetheless be a part of the change and make it extra enjoyable in your clients?”

She mentioned the 1-year moratorium appears lengthy and hopes that, if it passes, the maintain doesn’t negatively affect the enterprise sector.

“If it had been a small enterprise attempting to get into city, they may assume twice earlier than they open a brand new store, if there’s limits on issues like that,” Ramey mentioned.

The Metropolis Fee plans to carry a second studying and public listening to on the proposed ordinance throughout its Might 26 assembly.


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