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Alcohol-in-park issue returns to city council

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:48 PM

A decision on alcohol in Bresson Park will be one step closer after tonight's city council meeting.

Tonight's meeting, which begins at 7:15 p.m. in council chambers of the Norwalk Municipal Court building, will be the first of two readings of the legislation. After the two readings, council may vote on whether to allow alcohol in the public parks.

The current legislation was drafted in June and would amend the city's criminal code governing public use of open containers of alcoholic beverages.

The proposal would allow alcohol to be sold in public parks in the central business district if the seller has a permit and a lease agreement with the city.

The legislation comes in response to a request by Berry's Restaurant to serve alcohol in Bresson Park, where it already has leased some land to serve food. Council has indicated that were it to change the law, Berry's would have to amend its lease agreement to carry additional insurance to cover liability.

Tonight, council also will consider spending $10,000 on a study to determine the best location for a new fire station.

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