Avon may change beer law for parks | VailDaily.com

Avon may change beer law for parks

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON – Avon town council is eying stricter laws on drinking alcohol in Nottingham Park. Town attorney Eric Heil said the changes are necessary because current town rules don’t comply with state law.

“State laws says police officers have to enforce the law,” he said. “It’s not good to have an inconsistency.”

Currently, the town laws say people can drink beer containing 3.2 percent alcohol in Nottingham park “in areas permitted for such consumption by the recreation department of the town.”

Questions on exactly how the current rules works were referred to recreation director Meryl Jacobs, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Patty McKenny, assistant town manager, said she thinks groups of 50 or more can currently apply for a picnic permit allowing those groups to drink 3.2 beer in the park.

If the proposed changes go through, only governmental and nonprofit organizations would be eligible to serve beer in the park, Heil said. Those groups could serve the beer to their members and guests, he said. The groups could not charge for the beer. They would have to obtain a town picnic permit to serve the beer. They could not serve spirits.

Town council tentatively approved the change Tuesday night. A public hearing and final vote on the change is slated for May 25.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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