Among the changes:
- The distance requirement between businesses holding licenses for on-premises alcohol consumption and churches was eliminated. City Attorney Steve Pereira noted that the change "recognizes a change in attitudes." He also noted that some churches now are setting up in commercial storefronts, and that the old regulation was a hamper for other businesses to develop. The new Duluth regulation is now consistent with state law.
- Growler (draft beer to go) sales are now allowed in the C-2 (general commercial) zoning district. Previously, such sales had been limited to zoning districts in downtown.
- The open area/outside consumption section was amended to allow patrons to consume alcohol in Parsons Alley downtown. The change was made at the request of Best of Brews on Main Street, who plans to construct an area for sales that would be apart from the outdoor area.
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