After years of backlash and criticism over their handling of liquor license applications, Community Board 3 is taking steps to reform their policies and procedures after Board members themselves began to question their modus operandi. Last night, Community Board 3 sent out an invitation for neighborhood residents to offer their opinion on the matter at a meeting tonight, saying "we are specifically looking at whether applications for beer/wine licenses should be exempted from resolution area policy if the business is primarily a daytime business that will close by a yet-undefined early hour."
To translate, the Board is considering changing the rules to allow new beer and wine applicants to open in existing resolution areas if they are willing to limit their hours. In addition, the Board is also requesting that licensees notify community boards when applying for changes in stipulations or other method of operation changes, which would require the SLA to change its current rules. Either way, the meeting should be quite colorful.
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