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Loosening of alcohol rules

Party planners hoping to entice more guests to their events will be allowed to sell beer and wine at city-owned properties in Brookings, following a vote by the city council this week.

The council’s decision to loosen the rules at city parks also creates a new revenue stream for the city from party planners deterred by the existing ban on alcohol.

Brookings joins many cities that have realized that allowing organizations and private parties to offer alcohol to guests increases the success of such events. 

The city wisely placed parameters on granting permits, requiring organizers selling alcohol to get the necessary liquor license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, and show proof of liability.

We raise our glasses in support of the city’s decision — we hope the park reservations come flowing in — but we can’t help but ask, “Why not the individual?”

The decision doesn’t benefit responsible citizens who choose to enjoy an alcoholic beverage at a private barbecue or birthday party at the park. They are still required to get a permit — or risk a $250 fine.

That’s ridiculous. 

The city should consider rescinding the ill-conceived 2005 zero-tolerance policy on alcohol altogether, and let police use existing laws to keep unruly drunks in check.


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