EDC doesn’t mean children not allowed

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
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Maysville city officials are hoping to clear up any confusion over laws regulating liquor sales in establishments within the city’s Entertainment Destination Center, or EDC.

The Landing at Limestone, the name chosen for the city’s EDC, will take in an area from the banks of the Ohio River to Sutton Street, east from Second Street to Wall Street, north from Wall to Third and from Third Street to the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge and back to the river bank.

Once established, The Landing at Limestone EDC will open up the quota system for more by-the-drink licenses for businesses within and adjacent to the EDC. The license will also allow patrons to move throughout the zone, taking with them their drinks in plastic containers.

Individual businesses will be required to apply for and receive an NQ2 license, Maysville City Clerk Lisa Dunbar said, which is the same license restaurants and hotels hold to serve alcoholic drinks.

Maysville City Manager Matt Wallingford said there has been some questions raised about what having a drink license could mean for parents who may bring their children to the business, such as a salon, spa or boutique.

Addressing this issue, the city posted the following information:

Under Kentucky law, alcoholic beverage licensees and their employees cannot permit those under the age of 21 from remaining where alcoholic beverages are sold by the drink or consumed on the premises unless the usual and customary business of the licensee is a hotel, motel, restaurant, convention center, convention hotel complex, racetrack, simulcast facility, golf course, private club, park, fair, church, school, athletic complex, athletic arena, theater, small farm winery, distillery, brewery, winery, convenience store, grocery store, drug store, entertainment destination center, licensed APC premises, or any other business type as determined by the board through the promulgation of administrative regulations, whose operations allow it to adequately monitor and prevent alcohol sales to minors.

In other words, if a child was allowed to accompany their parents into a business before, that will likely still be the case, Wallingford said.

But if a business has an area where children are not allowed, then it must be clearly marked, Dunbar said.

Dunbar said the city wanted to make the information available so the issue is more clear to the public.

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Mary Ann Kearns

[email protected]