Barnstable Amends Policy for Alcohol Sales at Select Town Properties

Barnstable Town Hall.

HYANNIS – The Town of Barnstable has slightly tweaked its policy on allowing beer and wine sales at special licensed events on select town properties.

In June, Town Manager Mark Ells approved a quidebook governing the alcohol sales for events at the Hyannis Village Green, the Harbor Overlook and the HyArts Campus on a trial basis.

Last month, Ells amended the guidebook to add Aselton Park in place of the HyArts Campus which can already apply for special one-day event permits through its lease with the town.

“There is actual language in there saying that they can have beer and wine on their premises, but they do have to obtain approval through the licensing authority, so it is in the actual agreement,” said Liz Hartsgrove, the town’s assistant director of planning and development, while providing an update to the policy to the Barnstable Licensing Authority on September 17.

The other amendment to the guidebook was to add language of where the dumpsters should be placed during events at the Hyannis Village Green.

“We had some problems with them being placed in handicapped spaces,” Hartsgrove said.

During the update, Hartsgrove also said that Ells did not see any reason at this time to make amendments regarding licenses for the Village Green.

The first and only public event on the Village Green to receive licensing board approval was the Hyannis Harbor Hawks Pizza Fest fundraiser in July.

Hartsgrove said the event only received positive feedback.

“It went really well,” she said. “There were no issues with [the police department]. There were no issues with any of the other departments.”

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