County leaders may allow beer, wine at events on county property

  • Thursday, May 22, 2014

Beer and wine will soon be allowed at some events on Georgetown County property.

County Council voted last week to pass first reading of four ordinance changes that will allow consumption of alcohol in non-glass containers on county owned or operated property by special permit.

Wesley Bryant, county attorney, reported that these ordinance changes are to help “promote philanthropy, tourism, and other events that may positively impact Georgetown County.”

“This is an issue we ran into recently with fishing tournaments and fall festivals where we have organizations show up who want to provide food, drinks and some beer and wine,” Bryant said.

“Since 1991, beer and wine have been prohibited on county property.”

The special permit, which will cost $300, will be issued by the Georgetown County Recreation and Leisure Services Department and necessary insurance must be obtained by an applicant, Wesley said.

All other ordinances and state law are not affected. This ordinance operates within superseding requirements, such as licensing form the Department of Revenue, minimum age laws, etc.

General Liability insurance is an absolute requirement. Host Liability and/or Commercial Liquor Liability, depending on the nature of the event and applicants intentions, are further required elements in order to obtain a special permit, Bryant said.

The special permit process would apply to county facilities available for rental use through the Georgetown County Recreation and Leisure Services Department.

There are indemnification requirements on behalf of the applicant, Bryant said.

He added that a liaison with Recreation and Leisure Services will be present during events serving alcohol and the physical location has to be outlined in detail.

Other related ordinance changes include:

An amendment to Section 4(A) of Ordinance 91-23 thereby allowing the possession of beer and wine in non-glass containers in county parks and facilities.

An amendment to Ordinance 98-06 thereby allowing the consumption of beer and wine in non-glass containers on public property controlled by the County.

An amendment to Ordinance 2010-26 thereby allowing the consumption of beer and wine in non-glass containers at the Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex by special permit.

Amending this ordinance makes the application and rules for alcoholic beverage use special permit uniform throughout the county.

Previously, the Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex rules ordinance specified an alternative method to distribute alcoholic beverages at the facility.

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