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City Wants Input on Regulating Alcohol-Serving Establishments

A public workshop to go over the options will be held Dec. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.

On August 28, 2013, City staff presented to the City Council a White Paper outlining possible options for regulatory changes and enforcement programs aimed at addressing the potential adverse impacts associated with alcohol-serving establishments. Following public testimony, among other actions, Council directed staff to develop a Deemed Approved Ordinance (DAO) for consideration.

A DAO enables a city to exercise some authority over businesses that sell alcoholic beverages through the imposition of nuisance-based performance standards. This tool encourages establishments to maintain their business in a lawful manner that does not adversely impact the public and the surrounding community.

In creating the document, City staff worked with a stakeholder committee comprised of representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, Encinitas Citizens Committee and Encinitas Hospitality Association.

The preliminary draft DAO has been generated, which was based on similar ordinances that are in effect in other California jurisdictions. The document, including explanations and options, is available here for public review and comment.

DAO Public Workshop: December 16th

A public workshop will be held on December 16, 2013 from 6-8 pm, at Council Chambers, 505 South Vulcan Avenue. Jeff Murphy, Planning Director says, “The workshop will be an informal setting where we will provide an overview of the draft DAO, answer questions and receive comments.”

People who cannot attend the workshop can direct their questions or comments to dlangag@encinitasca.gov 760-633-2714. The deadline to receive comments is December 17, 2013.

Murphy notes, “We have meticulously researched and presented such aspects as applicability, performance standards and enforcement. The language of the options is key to the ordinance. We welcome the public’s interest and input before the Council makes its final decision.”

–City of Encinitas

Deborrah Henry December 09, 2013 at 10:42 AM
You have the wrong e-mail for Ms. Lanager
Deanne Goodman (Editor) December 09, 2013 at 01:17 PM
All fixed!
Jay Berman December 09, 2013 at 01:34 PM
It's not these businesses .... its not always the patrons ... it can be homeless, we have quite a few, especially in the summer ... how about law enforcement doing their jobs instead of trying to add more regulations to businesses that hire people and collect sales tax that the city loves to spend ... be a partner to these businesses, not their adversary. There should be deputies assigned to that specific area .. especially on weekends ... if the problem is drunks, start enforcing laws already on the books instead of interfering with these businesses ... those owners are quite aware that it is in their best interest not to be part of the problem ...

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