A proposed ordinace to allow the sale of alcohol on Sunday’s before noon was tabled by the Havelock Board of Commissioners Monday night.
Gov. Roy Cooper signed NC General Assembly Session Law 2017-87, known as the “Sunday Brunch Bill,” into law on June 30, 2017. The law allows restaurants to begin serving mimosas and other alcoholic beverages at 10 a.m. Sundays instead of noon, as state law previously mandated. Local government boards must first approve the change, which also applies to sales of alcohol in stores.
Town and city councils can make the change inside their borders, while county commissioners are in charge of any unincorporated areas.
As of November 2017, a total of 128 cities and towns have adopted the “Sunday Brunch Bill.” New Bern and Morehead City passed ordinances adopting the bill in July 2017, while Newport approved the ordinance in September 2017.
Havelock businesses have requested that the Board of Commissioners consider adopting the "Sunday Brunch Bill" to allow them to compete with neighboring communities.
The ordinance is scheduled to be taken up by Havelock Commissioners again at their April 23 meeting.