Liquor license too close to church?

Liquor license too close to church?

There is a state law that prohibits the granting of a liquor license within 200 feet of a church. This applies to the whole state, although there may be at least one city that has 500 feet.

State Rep. Jay O’Grady has introduced a bill that would allow Lincoln to grant a liquor license within 200 feet of a church.

Why would Lincoln want to be different than the rest of the state? This bill, co-sponsored by Reps. Mia Ackerman and Greg Costantino, is for the benefit of one establishment. The bill was put in so the Maplehurst Diner can apply for a liquor license.

To me, this is special interest legislation, which is a bad idea.

If the 200-foot limit is too restrictive, then O’Grady should have introduced a bill to change the state law for everyone. So now we will have a 200-foot limit everywhere in Rhode Island except Lincoln.

Not only do I have a problem with bills that benefit just one business, but I don’t think this is the place we want to see a liquor license granted to.

What at one time was a seasonal ice cream shop has evolved into a full-time restaurant that has affected the quality of life in a residential neighborhood. With so many kids there for ice cream, poor parking, and traffic congestion, is it really wise to add alcohol to the mix?

Why did O’Grady feel the need to sponsor this bill? Normally a bill that affects the town of Lincoln is introduced at the request of the Town Council.

John W. Flynn

Lincoln