PAST BEER BATTLES
In 1930's Arlington prohibited wine sales within 300 feet of a church, school, hospital or day care and continued to do so for decades. In February 2005, voters approved sales of wine for off-premises consumption; it wasn't until that June, however, that the City Council did away with the ordinance that blocked sales.
In 2005, there was a huge debate in Mansfield over whether Big League Dreams sports complex should sell beer. In May 2005, voters directed the Mansfield City Council to oppose the complex's beer permit application. An agreement between the city and Big League Dreams stipulates that alcohol will not be served near or during youth events. The Mansfield city secretary has signed an application from Big League Dreams for a permit to sell beer at the park, that TABC is still processing.
The Hooters restaurant at Interstate 20 and Little Road's TABC permit to sell beer and liquor had been opposed by residents and city council for over 5 years. The restaurant served free beer for years while the license fight continued; complimentary brews, yes complimentary, ended when the TABC granted the license in October. (I MISS THAT FREE BEER!)
Now, getting to the current issue. December 17, Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor announced the parks applied for a license to sell beer, wine and liquor. Hundreds of people called the state regulators to complain fearing drinking guests could hurt themselves on rides and that serving alcohol is not a good example for kids. The company has fallen on some hard times and feels that beer sales will bring in some much needed cash flow.
The company already sells the libation at some of its parks, including Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. Serving alcohol in Arlington park is no small thing to residents, seeing how Six Flags Over Texas is the top commercial tourist attraction in Texas with millions of youthful visitors and most of the parks' employees almost as young.
Yes, the park is family/kid oriented, but who brings them? The parents. We also take our kids to other restaurants with bars, family/kid oriented events such as baseball games, football games, hockey games, basketball games and beer is sold there. Not to mention, Alley Cats in Arlington and Main Event in Fort Worth where there is a full bar and a Chuck E Cheese type atmoshpere. As a mom of 3, I have personally taken me kids to all of these, numerous times and will continue to do so. I personally worked at Six Flags, ( it was my first job 15 years ago) and know first hand, security is tight. Also, I also know many Arlington Police Officers that gain overtime working the park and will do an excellent job maintaining control of any situation, as they always do. Furthermore, I do understand the concern, but personally support it and will enjoy the alcohol served (in moderation), will not fight the permit, as I did not fight the other ones. Call me a redneck, but bring on the beer!
Arlington will soon host the new Dallas Cowboys stadium, already hosts the Ballpark at Arlington, Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor within a few miles of each other. Sounds like fun for the whole family! "COME ON DOWN Y"ALL!"
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