Ft. Wright May Allow Earlier Alcohol Sales - for One Special Day
Do you want a Bloody Mary or mimosa with your early Sunday brunch? How about a beer to warm up with while you wait to watch the Bengals game at your favorite sports bar?
Ft. Wright may scale back the ban that currently prohibits alcohol sales before 1 p.m. on Sunday - but for just one day. On Sunday, October 30, the city may allow alcohol sales to take place beginning at 9 a.m. The reason for the one-day change? That's the day when the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Washington Redskins in their regular season NFL match-up in London, England - which means the local kickoff time is 9:30 a.m.
There was not a vote at Wednesday's Ft. Wright city council caucus meeting where Mayor Dave Hatter and council members discussed the idea.
“I don't care when alcohol is served. Just as long as they are not doing anything illegal,” Hatter said.
The idea was brought forth by Dickmann’s, the popular sports bar located in the city, and the resolution to change the restricted hours will be drafted and brought to city council for approval at the September council meeting.
Ft. Wright city officials plan to rewrite the zoning designation of a 5.6-acre plot located on the northeast side of the intersection of Highland Pike and Bluegrass Drive.
The proposed changes are small — allowing the minimum lot area of a single family home built within the area to be lowered from 12,500 square feet to 6,000 square feet (9000 square feet for a two-family dwelling). But there were questions about developer’s plans for the area.
“Why do you need a zone change for just three or four lots?,” asked council member Bernie Wessels. “Plus I don’t think that we have enough information on the developer’s plans to make a decision.”
City officials are expected to hold a public hearing on the developer's plans. Time and date are yet to be determined.
The Ft. Wright city council is researching the potential swap of land with the City of Covington to enhance the city’s greenspace.
The city will receive land near Glengarry Way, allowing hikers and bikers more recreational trails. In exchange, the City of Covington would receive land near the bottom of Sleepy Hollow Road for similar purposes. “What's hindering the land swap to move forward,” Ft. Wright City Manager Ed Butler explained, “are restrictions laid upon use of the land by the Devou Trust which states that there must be a plan for recreational use of the land near Glengarry before it can exchange hands.” Butler plans to research Devou Trust documents to make sure this is an accurate statement before moving forward with the land swap.
Dates to remember:
Next Regular City Council Meeting, Wednesday, September 7 at 6 p.m.
Next Caucus Meeting, Wednesday, September 21 at 6 p.m.