Winter Park takes first step toward open container permits
April 23, 2009
It’s against the law to Winter Park to drink bring your own bottle of wine to the Thursday night summer concert or crack a beer at a family reunion at Hideaway Park.
That doesn’t mean people don’t do it, which is why the Winter Park Town Council voted Tuesday night to change the law regarding open containers.
Event organizers, the council agreed, should be able to apply for an open container special permit.
The permit will not allow the sale of alcohol, but will allow the public to bring a bottle of wine or a six pack of beer to the outdoor event for personal consumption.
“Currently, they aren’t allowed (to bring their own alcohol),” said Fraser-Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor. “This would allow it on a case by case basis.”
The council and Chief Trainor agreed that people enjoy having a beer or wine at summer outdoor events and changing the ordinance would “make it easier for people to enjoy themselves.”
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The Winter Park Town Council approved the first reading of the revised ordinance Tuesday night. A second reading of the ordinance will be discussed and voted on at the next Winter Park Town Council meeting May 5.
– At Tuesday night’s Winter Park Town Council meeting, the board agreed to contract with Curbside Recycling to offer recycling services for summer special events.
“Recycling continues to be an issue. Why don’t we move on it and lead by example,” said Public Works Director Russ Chameroy.
The Town of Winter Park budgeted $30,000 for recycling in 2009.
– Compared to the same month last year, February sales tax numbers are down 15.44 percent in 2009.
Year to date, sales tax numbers are down 13.72 percent overall from 2008.
“We are looking at the 2009 annual budget for ways to decrease expenditures,” said Winter Park Town Manager Drew Nelson. The Town Council will have March sales tax numbers by the May 5 meeting and agreed to take a look at the 2009 budget at that time.