The following bullet points are from the U-T San Diego's coverage of the Encinitas city council meeting Wed. Aug. 28:
- The council unanimously voted to require any new alcohol-serving establishments to get city Planning Commission approval. Newcomers won’t be eligible for the simpler administrative OK that has been the process until now.
- The council also unanimously agreed that new establishments will need to submit “operational management plans,” spelling out what hours they will be open and whether they are a bar, restaurant or combination of the two. Those details will be included in their permits, so they can’t later morph from a restaurant that serves alcohol into a bar, council members said.
- The council also unanimously agreed to explore restrictions that would ban “party buses” from dumping people into downtown’s bar scene; and it asked the city manger to create a public outreach plan so downtown residents will know who to call when they have complaints about noise, vandalism or fighting.