During the South Portland City Council’s April 22 workshop, April Cohen-Tracy, the president of Buy Local, requested a change to the ordinance regarding the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in recreational areas. Currently, alcoholic beverages are prohibited. To allow full participation of vendors who belong to the Buy Local organization during their August festival at Bug Light Park, an ordinance change request has been forwarded for consideration by the City Council. This change would now allow the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in city parks and recreational areas.
I ask that South Portland citizens contact city councilors to oppose this change. The ordinance change would open the opportunity for many different events to serve alcohol at other events in our parks and recreational areas. There is really no need to serve alcohol at these family events. Family events should be for the children. I would prefer to see them running around the area having fun and not sitting by a fence waiting for their parent/s to finish consuming alcohol. The concept of potentially restricting children’s activity at our city parks is not what South Portland is about. Please do what you can to oppose this ordinance change.