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Alcohol restriction stalled in Monroe

Esther Robards-Forbes

The Monroe Public Safety Overlay District proposal, which was supposed to be discussed at a public hearing on Sept. 2, has been withdrawn by the city's committee for further study.

The proposal would have prohibited sale of alcohol within 150 feet of a city police or fire station and would have affected eight locations in the City of Monroe, said Pete Hovanec, city communications and tourism officer for the city.

The proposal was originally drafted, Hovanec said, in response to concerns by Police Chief Debra Duncan about alcohol sales at Blu Moon Café, which shares a courtyard with the City of Monroe Police department offices on Franklin Street. Blu Moon Café would have been grandfathered under the policy.

The proposal will likely come up for discussion again, once more research has been done, said Hovanec.