Waxahachie approves alcohol at festivals
WAXAHACHIE- The Waxahachie City Council unanimously voted on an ordinance to allow sales of beer and wine to be allowed at outdoor festivals and events on Monday, June 6.
“I drafted an ordinance designated after Nacogdoches, Plano and McKinney,” said City Manager Paul Stevens.
“By passing this ordinance, will allow for a lot more events-bigger events-and more people.”
The ordinance approved allows for alcohol to be served upon city streets at festivals as well as city parks.
“There have been many requests coming from people asking to be allowed to serve alcohol at the Chautauqua for wedding receptions and other social gatherings,” stated Stevens in a memo given to city council.
Anyone making an application to have a festival or event will now have the option to host with or without alcohol.
It’s illegal to consume alcoholic beverages on any city property without approval of the council as an authorized festival or event.
106.9 The Ranch is looking will be hosting The Ranch Jam Saturday, June 18 with Bud Light as a sponsor.
“The Ranch event in Fort Worth drew 14 percent additional sales tax in beer sales and sales tax is the one thing we can track and account for in events,” said Larry Burns, owner of The Rogers Hotel in Downtown Waxahachie.
Mayor Buck Jordan expressed concern over some not liking alcohol.
“There are some totally against alcohol here,” said Jordan.
Stevens said there will be barricades or fencing to control where the alcoholic beverages can be consumed, as well as check points -entrance and exits- with officers as outlined in the ordinance.
“I’m a non-drinker and I think it’s just good for Waxahachie,” said Burns.