Lobster Festival seeks to serve alcohol

City ponders plan for regulating beverages at public events
By Daniel Dunkle | Mar 04, 2014

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.

Courier-Gazette Editor Daniel Dunkle can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 122 or ddunkle@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (8)
Posted by: Debra L Whittier | Mar 06, 2014 07:33

Sorry, the article does make it clear.  A tasting tent.  That seems ok to me.

Posted by: Debra L Whittier | Mar 06, 2014 07:32

The tasting tent at Union Fair was greet - very classy, and problem free (as far as I know).  I think the article said something booze during main stage events?  Perhaps they could clarify or elaborate onwhat they are seeking todo?

Posted by: Jon Koski | Mar 05, 2014 18:02

Representatives of the Maine Lobster Festival approached city officials requesting to have a beer and wine tasting tent.  This is a tasting tent folks just like the Union Fair has. 

This is a great opportunity for several local businesses / employers to have an opportunity to get new customers. 

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Mar 05, 2014 10:35


Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Mar 05, 2014 09:33

Why is it that some people feel a good time always has to include alcohol? I agree with Alice. Alcohol doesn't belong at what is supposed to be a family event. I would think the police department would oppose this as they have enough to do already.

Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Mar 04, 2014 22:14

Alcohol at the fest brings the fest into the 21st century. The police presence should prevent issues.

Posted by: CYNTHIA KAVA | Mar 04, 2014 18:01

Personally I do not think this is a good idea. With alcohol comes the risk of trouble. Let folks find there way to the many establishments in town that do serve alcohol.

Posted by: Alice M Parlin | Mar 04, 2014 17:44

It has survived all these years without! And everyone has a good time.  There are plenty of places that serve...let people go to these places, and spread the money around.  I for one, say please rethink this.  The festival makes good money...don't get greedy and ruin a good thing.

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