Proposed ordinance would allow Winter Park businesses to create common public areas for drinking alcohol
Winter Park businesses may soon have the opportunity to offer their guests or clients a block party type atmosphere thanks to an ordinance the town council is considering.
The Winter Park Town Council on Tuesday discussed a new ordinance that would allow businesses to apply to be an entertainment district, which would allow customers to take and consume their adult beverages off the business’s property into a common area.
Ordinance 515 would allow the creation of a common consumption area, of no more than 100 acres in size, that one or more businesses could participate in. Businesses would apply annually to be an entertainment district and the town could charge a fee and has final say on whether the applications are approved.
“Basically, (the town council) would act as a local liquor licensing authority if somebody came through with an entertainment district application,” explained Danielle Jardee, town clerk.
Jardee said that the town had been approached by local businesses in support of the proposed ordinance or a similar program.
Catherine Ross, executive director of the Fraser and Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, said the ordinance would allow residents and visitors alike to take advantage of outdoor events and views while consuming alcohol, such as the Music on the Square events at Cooper Creek.
“It allows people to appreciate those events that get put on and the restaurants benefit,” Ross said.
The first reading was approved unanimously by the council and the second reading and public hearing will take place at the Sept. 18 meeting.
The council also approved Tuesday a bid for maintenance to the downtown public parking garage located on Vasquez Road.
The garage needs some concrete replaced and deteriorated guardrails fixed. This will constitute the first phase of two to complete the needed garage repairs.
The council approved a bid from Brown Brothers Waterproofing for just over $118,000, which Gerry Vernon, the capital projects and parks manager, said was under the town’s estimated budget.
Also on the agenda was the Idlewild final development plan public hearing. However, the developers of the Idlewild property requested it be pushed back in order to address all of the recommendations made during the Aug. 7 meeting.
The council approved the developers’ request to reschedule the final development plan public hearing to Oct. 16.
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