Havelock residents offer opinions about beer at Chili Festival

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 05:30 PM.

Havelock residents voiced opinions about a proposal to have beer sales at the Havelock Chili Festival during the Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday night.

Of the three speakers, two supported the idea, while the other opposed it.

Currently, city regulations prohibit alcohol in city parks, but Stephanie Duncan, executive director of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce that puts on the annual festival, asked commissioners about amending the rules to allow a beer garden during the event this year on Oct. 17 and 18.

The board plans to hold a formal vote on the matter during its Aug. 25 meeting but wanted to hear from the public before deciding the matter.

Inga DeRoche, who has lived in Havelock since 1962, said she supported the idea of the beer garden, which would be a confined area where beer could be sold and consumed.

“In my opinion there is absolutely nothing wrong with you having a beer garden,” DeRoche said. “I know it will be done by the law. It will be done for those who are of legal age to drink.”

No beer would be permitted outside of the garden.



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