With the upcoming Salisbury Festival just weeks away, Mayor Ireton approved relocating the Salisbury Festival to Division & Main Street.
Rather then having a designated area for beer and wine, the Mayor and Chamber wanted to expand it to Main Street and the Liquor Board flat out turned them down. The main reason, (as I understand it) was that they did not bring the proper information to make it happen and with only 5 weeks left there probably isn't enough time for the Board to move forward with changing the location and details.
I can see what they were trying to do and giving the Downtown Plaza that much more attention would be cool. However, the Plaza needs to be gated, (as I suggested in my campaign) so it can in fact be policed. During such events, it should become an adult only environment. I personally do NOT believe the beer and wine should be around the children.
Let me say this as well. The Mayor needs to stop attempting to create his own Parties Downtown. Filing for liquor licenses for open container parties is just ridiculous. There are businesses down there that already have licenses and there is NO REASON the City should be allowed to compete against those establishments. This needs to end, especially on 3rd Fridays.