Proposal to allow patrons to enjoy alcohol on the streets of downtown Alpena

A proposal is being considered that essentially would allow shoppers and other patrons of downtown Alpena to freely carry and drink alcohol while shopping or walking the streets.

In July 2020, Governor Whitmer signed a bill into law creating the “Social District Permit,” which allows local governments to designate a Social District within their jurisdictions. Businesses that are granted a permit may sell all types of alcohol to customers who may then consume it within the Social District. The idea was meant to spur economic activity.

The Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is considering a Social District that would include the entire downtown area. Alcoholic beverages could be consumed only from those businesses with one of the special permits.

The DDA will discuss the proposal during a meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, inside city hall. Due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, citizens are encouraged to attend virtually or on their telephones. Only 25 people will be allowed into the meeting including board members and staff. Information on joining the meeting online can be found below.

If the DDA board approves of the Social District at Tuesday’s meeting, the proposal will be sent to City Council for final approval.

INFORMATION TO ATTEND DDA MEETING:

TO JOIN MEETING ONLINE:
https://www.gotomeet.me/CityofAlpena/dda-may-board-meeting

TO JOIN MEETING BY TELEPHONE:
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412
Access Code: 863-153-341