Council to talk ice arena beer sales Tuesday
February 1, 2013
The South Lake Tahoe City Council will consider modifying its agreement with Tahoe Sports Entertainment for operation of the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena Tuesday to allow the company to sell beer at the skating rink.
Last month, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control determined the ice arena is not entitled to a beer seller’s permit because of a California law that prohibits the state or “an agency thereof” from being licensed to sell alcoholic beverages, according to a city staff report.
Because the city is getting a share of TSE’s revenue from the ice arena, including the proposed beer sales, neither the city or TSE is not allowed to hold a beer-selling permit, according to the report.
City Attorney Patrick Enright has recommended the council remove alcohol sales from the contract detailing the revenue it receives from the ice arena in order to allow TSE to receive a permit for beer sales.
ABC heard the matter following a protest from South Lake Tahoe resident Eric Thelin. Thelin has objected to the sale of beer at the arena because of children’s use of the facility. He also has doubts about how well the city will enforce alcohol laws at the ice arena if it is benefiting from beer sales.
The City Council meets starting at 8 a.m. at Lake Tahoe Airport. City Clerk Susan Alessi will swear-in newly appointed council member Brooke Laine prior to the council entering closed session.
The regular meeting is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.