There will be a change in outdoor Café service regulations
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Last May 25, 2010, Mayor Hatley of North Myrtle Beach, SC reviewed a proposed changed regarding the ordinance of the city that regulates the ability of the business to use public sidewalks. It’s now required for the current ordinance to grant a franchise to a restaurant before they allow them to use the public sidewalks for outdoor seating. It also does not allow the restaurant to serve any alcoholic beverage when to customers who are seating in those areas.
On the other hand, there are city staffs reporting that other restaurants that are set up outdoor did not bother to seek a franchise agreement or other form of authorization from the city. Many of them are also serving alcohol and other mixed drinks. Because they did not follow the rules, the requirement was substituted. They now let the business apply for an encroachment permit and beer and wine will be legalized providing that they can attain $1,000,000 liability policy and co-name it to the city as an insured party to cover the area that they permitted.
The owner of the business might have a lot of concerns regarding the business coverage but if they won’t insist placing tables and chairs on the sidewalk, they will not worry about getting the insurance at all. This change aims to encourage the sidewalk café owners and not discourage them because it will make their business less hodgepodge and will look nicer as well.
If something bad would happen in the future, the cafes and restaurants that are serving wine, beer and other mixed drink on public sidewalks will not worry too much because they are covered. However, there are also certain circumstances that are not covered – those that came about because the city is not implementing its own ordinances.
brewed on May 25th, 2010
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