Meeting Monday on downtown ban on some alcohol products

OlympianAugust 22, 2013 

Board might ban alcohol

The owner of a grocery store in Tacoma shows in this file photo taken in 2001 some of the fortified wine and beer that he would no longer sell if an Alcohol Impact Area ordinance was created. The Olympia Downtown Association and Olympia officials are discussing a similar proposal.

BY DEAN J. KOEPFLER/THE NEWS TRIBUNE — The Olympian

An Olympia City Council committee will sit down with beer and wine industry representatives Monday to talk about a proposal to ban certain alcoholic products downtown.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E.

According to a staff report:

The council's landuse committee will meet with representatives of the Washington Beer & Wine Distributors Association and Marine View Beverage.

Earlier this year, the city council moved to ask the state Liquor Control Borad to create an Alcohol Impact Area in part of downtown, where it would ban sales of certain single-serve, high alcohol products. The city is trying to combat the ill effects of chronic inebriation.

The state, which has the final say on the ban, asked the city to have more communication with beer and wine industry representatives.

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