West Kelowna businesses push council to legalize alcohol consumption in some parks and beaches – West Kelowna News


Legal alcohol on the beaches?

West Kelowna businesses would like to see public consumption legalized in some parks and beaches in Westside.

The Greater Westside Chamber of Commerce has written to West Kelowna City Council urging the municipality to follow in Penticton and Vancouver’s footsteps next year.

“With the new regulations authorizing restaurants and pubs with their take-out service to offer single-serve alcohol such as beer, wine or cocktails, we must create spaces so that this can be enjoyed” said Heather Robinson, executive director of the Greater Westside Board of Trade. .

Robinson said the change would help support the besieged local tourism and hospitality sector.

“We need to have outdoor spaces allocated to our community and tourists to be able to enjoy our beautiful beaches and parties while supporting these businesses,” she said in her letter.

The City of Penticton will allow alcohol consumption on select beaches and waterfront parks next spring and summer for a third year, although the city still calls it a “pilot program.”

When the Penticton council approved the program in November for its third year, they noted that it had been generally well received, although it had not worked through a “normal summer”.

West Kelowna City Council will receive the local chamber’s request at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

In his letter, Robinson said the chamber hoped to meet and discuss the proposal with council.


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