Havelock residents offer opinions about beer at Chili Festival

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

 “We don’t need this to boost the sales or boost the revenue on the festival,” Jones said. “Are these people responsible enough to handle that? … If we open that door, we open that door to a greater problem.”

Cliff Grebe, a member of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce Chili Festival Committee who has lived in Havelock for the last 24 years, was in favor of the beer garden.

“We’re in the process of trying to make this a better event and we need to try different things,” he said. “A beer garden is just another thing that we’re going to try to create a draw for people  to come to it.

“The intent is not to get people intoxicated. The quantity will be limited. The size of the individual drink will be limited. It’s not like they are going to be able to go out there and have 500 beers.”

Other events in the area, Grebe said, serve beer and still retain a family atmosphere.

“The base does a beer garden when they do an air show. That’s a family event,” he said. “The seafood festival has a beer garden. That’s a family event. The Marlins baseball team has beer and that is a family event. Those are all family events. Family events can operate with beer successfully. We’d like to have that attempt to get it done.”

In other business Monday night, City Manager Frank Bottorff reported that the field of 64 candidates to fill the position of Havelock police chief had been narrowed to 22. Current Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus has announced his intention to retire by the end of September.

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