Iowa Park Ordinance Prohibits Sale of Alcohol Near Schools, Churches

Iowa Park voters recently expressed their desire to go wet at the polls and on Thursday, a city ordinance will go into effect that will prohibit the sell of alcohol within 300 feet of a school, church or public hospital.

Iowa Park City Manager Michael Price says the Iowa Park city council has adopted an ordinance that establishes setback requirements for those business owners who desire to sell alcohol.

"We got a little bit in some places a mixture of businesses, with churches and with schools. We want to protect both of them, that's why hence the reason, the council did the 300 foot setback requirement," Price says.

However, Price says the city council will have the authority to grant some exceptions.

"They basically were there prior to the school moving in and they can't comply with the 300 feet so that's the reason why the council will be able to give some of those variances," Price says.

Price says at least three businesses have submitted requests to be grandfathered in.

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Director of Communications and Governmental Relations Carolyn Beck says the 300 foot distance requirement for a school, church or hospital is measured differently.

"When it comes to schools, it's measured property to property line," Beck says. "When it comes to churches and hospitals... the 300 feet distance is measured from front door to front door."

Price says even though each request to sell alcohol will be looked at on a case by case basis, he expects many businesses to move forward with the process.

The request of the three businesses that are within 300 feet of the city's ordinance will be reviewed by the city council during their June 10 meeting.

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