[Mintwood-place] ABC Food Fight!
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Sun Mar 14 20:08:23 EST 2004
ANC Public Forum on ABC Moratorium - Mon., March 15th -- This is a
final reminder that the Adams Morgan Advisory Neighborhood Commission(ANC 1C)
will hold a Public Forum from 7:00-9:00 pm on Mondayevening, March 15th, on
the issue of whether Adams Morgan's liquorlicense moratorium should be renewed
by the Alcoholic BeverageControl (ABC) Board when the moratorium expires this
The forum will take place at our regular meeting place, the Community Room of
the Third District Police Station, 1624 V Street, NW.
Since the summer of 2001, most of Adams Morgan has operated under an ABC
Board moratorium prohibiting the issuance of new ABC licenses for all
establishments (excluding hotels) proposing to serve spirits -- restaurants, taverns,
grocery stores, and liquor stores. Restaurants proposing to offer only beer and
wine (not spirits) are excluded from the moratorium.
The District's ABC Board will be required this spring to consider a petition
requesting renewal of the moratorium, as well as possible changes to its scope
or terms. As part of that process, ANC 1C will be making a recommendation to
the ABC Board on behalf of the community as a whole; that recommendation is
required by law to be given "great weight" by the ABC Board.
The ANC will NOT be voting on a recommendation on Monday evening.
Instead, we thought it was important for us first to hear from
members of the community concerning their views on this issue, and to have
some time to think about what we've heard before voting.
The Moratorium Zone includes all of 18th St. from Florida Ave. north across
Columbia Road to Adams Mill Rd. just beyond Lanier Place, as well as the
portion of Columbia Road approximately from Wyoming Ave. on the west to Ontario Road
on the east (and all the side streets within that general area). Whether you
are a resident,business owner, worker, or visitor, inside or outside that
Zone, this issue affects you and has provoked strong opinions in the past from all
Format: The Forum will be led off by brief presentations from Denis James,
Executive Vice President of the Kalorama Citizens Association, in support of
renewal, and from Constantine Stavropoulos, owner of Tryst and The Diner and
President of the Adams Morgan Business and Professional Association, in opposition
to renewal. The floor willthen be opened up to members of the community to
express their views,comments, and questions.
Because time constraints will not allow us to hear from every
attendee before we vote at our Wednesday, April 7th meeting, this
Public Forum will be your best opportunity to express your views to the ANC
and to hear from other stakeholders as well. So please come out on Monday night
and let us know what you think. We will devote almost two full hours to this
subject and will endeavor to hear from as many people as we can.
(In addition, it will be necessary for us to elect a new ANC
Treasurer, as our current Treasurer, Commissioner Jeff Coudriet, must resign
his ANC post due to an impending move outside his district. This should not
take more than 5 minutes at the beginning of the meeting.)
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