Local Parks Could Join List of Spots Permitted to Sell Beer/Wine During Events

The City Council meets on March 16 to vote on an ordinance amending section 21-38(D) of the St. Petersburg City Code. The ordinance will add Williams Park (350 2nd Avenue North) and Elva Rouse Park (North Shore Drive and 10th Avenue Northeast) to the list of areas where a permit to sell, serve, dispense, posses, use and/or consumer beer and wine may be issued in connection with city sponsored and co-sponsored events.

Beer and wine on the waterfront

The list currently includes Straub Park, Spa Beach, Demens Landing, Maximo, The Pier Approach, Poynter Park, Dell Holmes Park, Vinoy Park, Edgewater Waterfront Park and portions of North Shore Park and Lake Maggiore Park. The resolution allows the city to identify the event, its duration, hours of operation and any conditions placed on the permit related to the on-premises consumption of the beverages.

Ordinance assists in the activation of Williams Park

The activation of Williams Park remains a top priority for city officials and St. Pete residents. Two new openings around the park, The Galley and Deja Vu Café, drive daily foot traffic to the area — from sunrise to sunset. A 24-hour diner will open on 1st Avenue North in the spring of 2017 right across from the park.

Its potential was further illustrated during Keep St. Pete Local’s fourth Localtopia event. Live music, food trucks, local makers, a half-pipe and a 3D art maze turned the downtown park into a vibrant hub of business and culture. The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that Williams Park could also soon get its own Business District.

Elva Rouse is a true Burg gem

For locals who love to run or ride along the waterfront around Vinoy Park and North Shore, you’ve probably come to know the glorious green expanse of Elva Rouse Park. The St. Pete gem is a premium location to unwind with a good book and some music.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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