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City to review alcohol ordinance

Posted: Friday, Aug 23rd, 2013

WATSONVILLE The city's alcohol ordinance will undergo review Tuesday by the Watsonville City Council and Planning Commission after some business owners have questioned its consistency since it was adopted in 2002.

The Council and commission are expected to provide city staff direction on whether the ordinance should be modified, which would then be brought back for approval at a later date.

According to a report by Marcela Tavantzis, community development director, and Keith Boyle, principal planner, the ordinance has been effective in reducing the number of alcohol outlets within the city, lowering the number of establishments with alcohol licenses to 106, down from 113 in 2002.

Alcohol licenses are automatically denied by Alcoholic Beverage Control if the business is located in areas of high crime or over-concentration.

Under the current ordinance, the Planning Commission has oversight of all alcohol sales within the city. Business owners can appeal the commission's decision to the City Council.

This was most recently seen in April, when the Planning Commission rejected a proposal to add a 7-Eleven convenience store on the corner of Freedom Boulevard and Alta Vista Avenue. At that meeting, the commissioners were concerned that the establishment would be too close to H.A. Hyde Elementary School and Community Interplay Preschool.

For the complete article see the 08-24-2013 issue.

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