Change would remove obstacles to serving alcohol in BREC parks

POSTED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 4:01am

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 10:16am

A change in policy would make it easier for people to serve alcohol at events in BREC facilities.

The East Baton Rouge Metro Council will vote Wednesday on an ordinance to change the procedure for allowing alcohol on park grounds.

Currently, Santa Maria Golf Course is the only facility to not require special clearance for alcohol sales, because of its restaurant.

If people want to serve alcohol at special events, such as wedding receptions, company picnics, or tournaments, they need approval from two BREC committees, the Metro Council, and the Alcoholic Beverage Control board. That process often takes as long as three months, discouraging many people from reserving BREC facilities for their functions.

"What we're hoping is that, yes, we have more people using our facilities," said Cheryl Michelet, BREC's director of communications. That will bring some more money in, but really, what we want to do is serve the public."

If the change is approved, BREC will obtain permits from ABC for many of its facilities to speed up the reservation process.

Michelet said J.S. Clark Golf Course, Liberty Lagoon, Perkins Road Community Park Extreme Sports Complex, and all BREC swimming pools will remain alcohol free because of the number of children who use those facilities.

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