Nags Head delays vote on Sunday morning alcohol sales

By on July 6, 2017

 One week after the N.C. General Assembly passed a law that lets local governments decide to allow Sunday morning alcohol sales in their jurisdictions, Nags Head could have become the first municipality here to grant its approval.

But on a 3-2 vote, Nags Head commissioners turned down a proposal on Wednesday to let Sunday booze sales at restaurants and stores move from noon to 10 a.m.,  and then denied a motion at a special meeting on Friday by the same vote.

Mayor Bob Edwards and commissioners John Ratzenberger and Marvin Demers voted against the motions both at Wednesday’s regular meeting and during a special session Friday, while Mayor Pro Tem Susie Walters and commissioner Renee Cahoon voted in favor.

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Instead, the board will hold a public hearing at their August 2 meeting before taking a final vote on the matter.

Along with licensed restaurants, retail beer and wine sales at grocery and convenience stores will be allowed at 10 a.m. under the new law, but ABC Stores will remain closed on Sundays.

The town’s attorney advised the board that they could act on the local provisions of SL 2017-87 and NCGS 160A-205.3 at anytime.

A motion to adopt the ordinance failed 3-2, as did a motion to hold a special meeting Friday.

Talks then centered on delaying the matter until the August 2 meeting, and no further action was taken.

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Afterward, Mayor Pro Tem Susie Walters exercised her powers under the town’s charter to call for Friday’s special meeting.

Kill Devil Hills commissioners may be next to vote on the change at their meeting on Monday, while Dare and Currituck commissioners plan to discuss it at their July 17 meetings, and Duck town councilors on July 19.

Manteo and Southern Shores leaders have not said when they will make a decision.

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Carrboro became the first municipality in North Carolina to approve the change on Monday, while Raleigh, Atlantic Beach and Surf City quickly followed on Wednesday.

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Not surprised !

July 17, 2017 8:38 pm

WOW….Manteo just voted to get drunk EARLY on Sunday morning ! Never thought I’d see that. This “special place” has joined the beach communities in the GREED Game. SHAME ON YOU! I’m so disappointed.
Nags Head……wait for it.

Not surprised !

July 17, 2017 8:29 pm

MONEY. MONEY. MONEY……how sad! Look at what we’ve become. Who needs a drink at 10:00am on Sunday morning ? We are loosing what makes us different from other beaches. Are casinos next ? NH will vote YES…wait.

dave

July 7, 2017 12:06 pm

They’re allowing a “Pill-Mill” Methadone clinic in the middle of Nags Head to essentially keep addicts addicted; so why not allow people to get some drinks for the beach or fishing?

Seems ok

July 7, 2017 8:54 am

I have a favorite restaurant that doesn’t open until noon on Sunday cuz they can’t sell drinks.
I don’t want a drink, just food earlier.

Matt

July 7, 2017 2:14 am

Why not!? This “family beach” needs 2 extra hours to get alcohol to help fuel the crisis of alcoholism in our families and accelerate the demise of our community.. but God forbid Nags Head allow a detox/rehab center!

Selling ourselves for profit…I think that’s called prostitution.

Harold

July 6, 2017 5:24 pm

Maybe that’ll help the local restaurant businesses make up for some of the dinner business they lose to the home cooking at megamansions.

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