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Planning Commission To Consider Request To Reclassify Carolina Beach Boardwalk Restaurant To A Bar

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CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a request to reclassify a restaurant located on the downtown boardwalk to a bar/tavern at their upcoming Thursday November 14, meeting at 6:30PM.
According to Zoning Administrator Jeremy Hardison, "The applicant, David Cole, is requesting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to reclassify Hurricane Alleys from a restaurant to a Bar/Tavern located at 5 Boardwalk. The building is 1,700 sq. ft. and has a 500 sq. ft. elevated deck with an outside patio area below. The establishment will operate in the same manner and continue to serve food. The hours of operation are not proposed to change and will be from 11:00am – 2:00am."
Cole explained in his request to the Town, "The reason for wanting to change from restaurant to bar at Hurricane Alleys is the lack of food sales. ALE has gave one warning due to the fact that our food sales percentage was at 28%."
Cole explained, "It needs to be 30%. I am making some menu changes for 2014. I hope it will help. The kitchen will always have the same hours and will always be open. This is only precautionary in case my percentage on food sales doesn't pickup."
Hardison explained, "Hurricane Alleys was approved as an eating establishment in February 2012 and is currently permitted as a restaurant by the ABC commission.  The establishment is has had some challenges in meeting the required ABC standard 30/70 ratio of food to alcohol sales for a restaurant.  The applicant would like to modify his ABC permit to a private club to do away with the ratio requirement. The ordinance states that when an eating or drinking establishment is classified as a private club by the ABC commission then it shall be considered a bar/tavern by the town and meet all requirements for that use."
Hardison explained the property is located in the Central Business District (CBD) and bars are allowed by conditional use permits in the CBD.  A trash collection area will be provided in a container in the Central Business District. The structure is located in the VE-14 flood zone and is in a CAMA AEC.  There are no changes proposed in the footprint of the existing building. There are no distance requirements between bars in the CBD.
Hardison explained, "The Police Department and State Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) have visited the establishment on several occasions. The ALE has cited the owner and employees for consuming alcoholic beverages while performing services (still on duty). Also, on two occasions cited the owner for alcoholic beverages found at the establishment that were not authorized.  The police department has visited the establishment in reference to individuals consuming alcohol in public areas that was obtained at Hurricane Alley’s."
The Planning Commission will meet Thursday November 14, at 6:30PM at Town Hall.