Amherst won’t ban al­co­hol sales from sta­dium

The Amherst News - - COVER STORY -

AMHERST – Amherst is not go­ing to re­strict the sale of al­co­hol at the Amherst Sta­dium or other town-owned venues.

Re­spond­ing to a re­quest from the SOAR Com­mu­nity Health Board to ban al­co­hol from all town owned and op­er­ated fa­cil­i­ties when youth and chil­dren were present, coun­cil opted to main­tain the sta­tus quo. Coun­cil has de­cided to re­view its se­cu­rity ar­range­ments at oc­ca­sions where al­co­hol is served and youth and chil­dren are pre­vent to see if there’s a way it could be im­proved. In a let­ter to the town, com­mu­nity health board co-chair Linda Cloney said data col­lected by the Mu­nic­i­pal Al­co­hol Project makes it clear that there is a prob­lem with al­co­hol in its com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially as it per­tains to young peo­ple.

Cloney said ban­ning al­co­hol at events where chil­dren are present would ex­pand on the town’s ef­forts to pro­mote Fam­ily First events that are al­co­hol and tobacco free and have been a re­sound­ing suc­cess. A re­port by town staff in­di­cated the im­pact of a ban would be felt mainly at the sta­dium dur­ing Amherst Ram­blers games. Sev­eral coun­cilors ex­pressed con­cerns with tak­ing a fundrais­ing op­tion away from the team.

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