Expansion of alcohol consumption hours to get second reading

The Ocean View Town Council will hold its second public hearing for an ordinance to amend the Town’s Code related to hours of alcoholic beverage consumption in restaurants at its monthly meeting on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

The Town was contacted in the spring by a restaurant owner requesting the code be changed.

“It was an inquiry, a request by a business owner in town, to see if the Town would consider to extend the hours of service and consumption of alcoholic beverages in a restaurant to mirror those of the State of Delaware,” explained Charles McMullen, director of Public Works for the town.

As the Town’s current code reads, alcohol may not be sold or dispensed for consumption on the premises between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 9 a.m.

The amendment proposes to revise the permitted hours of alcoholic beverage service and consumption in restaurants in Ocean View to be identical to those set by Delaware state law. Those who are licensed with the Office of the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner to sell alcoholic beverages may do so from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week, unless prohibited by such a local code.

The new code would add 90 minutes each night when alcohol could legally be served and consumed in the town.

The proposed ordinance was reviewed by the Planning & Zoning Commission in June, and commissioners recommended unanimously that council adopt the ordinance. The first reading and public hearing was held during the Town’s September council meeting, and those in attendance at that meeting made no public comments for or against the change.

McMullen said those interested in proposed ordinance should attend Tuesday’s meeting.

“It’s a public meeting. It’s an opportunity for people to, if they so choose, comment for or against the proposed ordinance,” said McMullen. “Afterward, the town council will have the opportunity at that time to vote on the ordinance.”

Ocean View Town Hall is located at 32 West Avenue. For those who are unable to attend the meeting, comments may be sent to town officials by visiting ?http://www.oceanviewde.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.map&mapTypeID=20022.