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Jaffrey Select Board votes to amend alcohol ban to include beaches

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/16/2019 4:50:31 PM

After a perfunctory public hearing Tuesday, the Jaffrey Select Board voted to update its open container ordinance.

Previously, the ordinance banned open containers of alcohol and liquor from specific town-owned buildings, highways, parking lots, parks and sidewalks.

The updated version, approved unanimously Tuesday night, added Jaffrey-owned beaches to the list, and also allows the town to enter into a memorandum of understanding with private landowners to enforce the ordinance if the property is deeded open to the public or is open to the public for specific events.

Select Board Chair Frank Sterling said Tuesday the town has had issues with alcohol use at Sandy Beach, which is open to the public but privately owned.

The town also has an interest in being able to enforce the ordinance during certain events, in particular, the Festival of Fireworks, Sterling said.

Town Manager Jon Frederick said the town already has memorandums of understanding in place already with some organizations, and this will formalize it and “ensure that the alcohol ban ordinance is addressing the areas we need it to.”

The public present offered no comments, and the board voted 3-0 to ratify the amendment.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or She’s on Twitter @AsheySaariMLT.

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