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BYOB ordinance passed requires licenses, limits hours for alcohol consumption

February 25, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Businesses with food licenses in the Borough of Chambersburg will be receiving letters in coming weeks about requirements associated with a new Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) ordinance.

The ordinance passed Monday by the Chambersburg Borough Council requires licenses for establishments offering BYOB and limits hours for alcohol consumption.

The licenses will be available for free at borough hall. BYOB activities are now prohibited from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m.

The ordinance was scaled back in its scope from early drafts.

Businessman Andy Grochowski said he was initially adamantly opposed to the ordinance, but the loosening some of requirements in recent months appeased him.

“The way it sits right now, I’m very much in favor of it as an enforcement tool,” he said.

David Sciamanna from the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce thanked the council for eliminating proposed fees associated with registering BYOB businesses.

“Quite frankly, small businesses can’t afford fees on top of fees,” he said.

Mayor Pete Lagiovane said the ordinance was developed in large part because of businesses offering BYOB to customers and skirting the state’s laws regarding alcohol sales.

“Now we can take this permit and essentially shut (that business) down,” Lagiovane said of revoking permits.

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