The Encinitas Planning Commission — which two months ago rejected a proposed moratorium on new alcohol permits downtown — voted Thursday to ask the City Council to approve a new ordinance that would require bars and restaurants to meet tougher standards if they want to keep serving booze.
The so-called "deemed approved" ordinance is similar to what's in place in Ventura, another coastal town with similar alcohol-related complaints. The ordinance would create a new permit system for existing bars and restaurants requiring them to meet certain standards regarding noise and other public nuisance problems in exchange for an operating permit.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Planning Commission resurrects alcohol proposal
Three years after the City Council rejected a "deemed approved ordinance" that would give the city more power to crack down on problem bars, and three years after the death of Rachel Anne Morrison who was killed by a driver who was severely overserved in Encinitas, and weeks after police checkpoints showed a continuing high rate of drunk driving, the Planning Commission is trying again.