Greenville City Council considers allowing alcohol on Town Common

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville City Council is considering a proposal which could allow people to drink alcohol at Town Common.

There have been so many events there over the past several months from Sunday at the Park to Piratefest and more. One thing that hasn’t been there is alcohol. For many, that’s a big downfall. Yet that could change if city council decides to move forward with developing a new policy allowing alcohol.

This would be for limited use, not a free for all. It would allow special event organizers to apply for alcohol permits there.

City leaders say organizers frequently ask about this when expressing interest in Town Common.

“We’ve had several that love the facility and love the idea of maybe having a dinner on the Greene Street Bridge, but once we let them know that alcohol is not available on the Town Common, they tend to shy away or look for other venues or other cities to have events and meetings,” said Andrew Schmidt, Executive Director for the Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Schmidt says this would open up Town Common to a whole new realm of possibilities including hosting weddings, receptions, and special dinners.

Council last considered the issue in 2014.

City Council meets Thursday at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

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