City Council Approves Alcohol Code Waivers

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By Terry Rogers

Milford City Council approved three requests for waivers to the alcohol code for upcoming events in the city. Requests from Downtown Milford, Inc., Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milford and Milford High School Class of 1984 were all approved.

According to City Manager, Richard Carmean, the request from Downtown Milford asked permission for Mispillion River Brewing to offer beer tastings at the Riverwalk Farmer’s Market on July 19, 2014 from 10 AM until noon. The organization said that those participating in the tasting would be restricted to a confined area per Delaware law. In addition, Dogfish Head Brewery is planning beer tastings on August 23 from 10 AM until noon with the same restrictions.

“This is no different than the approval we give to St. John’s for the Oktoberfest,” Mr. Carmean explained. “The only difference is that in tastings, they only get a little cup not a full beer.” The vote passed with a seven to one vote, with Councilman James Starling opposing the waiver.

The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milford is holding a Smile for Freedom 5K Run/3K Walk on June 28 that will take place at Mispillion River Brewery. Because the event will be outdoors, the organization must request permission for alcohol to be consumed outside the brewery. The waiver passed by a vote of seven to one, with Councilman Starling opposing.

The Milford High School Class of 1984 will hold their 30-year class reunion at Grotto Pizza in Milford on Saturday, August 28. The group plans to have a tent erected by the outdoor patio area of the restaurant and into the parking lot. The group was requesting that those attending the reunion be permitted to carry alcohol outside the restaurant during the reunion.

“There will be children present at this event,” Councilman Dirk Gleysteen said. “That concerns me.” Mr. Carmean explained that there are children present at St. John’s as well, and that there would be no alcohol sales outside the building. Patrons would still need to go to the bar and show proof of age in order to obtain alcohol.
“I am concerned about traffic,” Councilman Owen Brooks said. “That intersection at Route 1 and 10th Street is already dangerous.” The measure passed six to two, with Councilman Starling and Councilman Brooks opposing.