Lobster Festival seeks to serve alcoholCity ponders plan for regulating beverages at public events
Rockland — Prompted by a request from the Maine Lobster Festival, the City Council will consider options for allowing alcohol to be served at events on city property at its next meeting.
The council's next regular meeting is Monday, March 10 at city hall.
Representatives of the Maine Lobster Festival approached city officials requesting to have a beer and wine tasting tent, according to a memo from Mayor Larry Pritchett. Other organizations including the Farnsworth Art Museum and Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors have made similar requests in the past.
The council will consider an order at the meeting that would direct the city manager to work with committees to review which municipal properties might be appropriate for serving alcohol during events including Harbor Park, the library, Buoy Park and Snow Marine Park. It would also direct the manager to develop a policy for permitting serving alcohol on city property for council consideration.
This policy would address liability insurance, minimum numbers of trained servers needed and when police officers would need to be present.
Pritchett said there does not appear to be any blanket prohibition in state law or the city ordinance concerning serving alcohol at events on municipal property. However, the order prohibits the city clerk from accepting applications for serving until Oct. 15, to allow time for the city to develop its policy.
Pritchett also noted other communities allow serving in some situations. Camden has permitted alcohol at events at the opera house, the amphitheater and the Snow Bowl. Rockport has allowed it as well.
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