Port Approves Earlier Liquor Sales

The Port Washington Common Council approved a revised alcohol sales ordinance to start at 6 a.m., two hours earlier than before, in an effort to support local businesses.

The Port Washington Common Council approved the ordinance to allow earlier alcohol sales during its meeting on Tuesday night. Retailers can now start selling as early as 6 a.m., two hours earlier than the law allowed before.

Ald. David Larson said officials began discussing the concept after recent changes in sales hours in Saukville.

"It's really (to accommodate) the boaters," he said. In season, boaters will flock to Port hoping to hit the water early, but not earlier than 8 a.m. if they need to stock up on beer, first.

"The last thing we want is for people to say 'Hey, don't buy your supplies in Port, go to Saukville,'" Larson said.

Gov. Scott Walker in December signed the law that expanded the hours of beer, wine and liquor sales, according to WKOW.com. The law also gave individual municipalities the ability to decide whether to make any changes to its current hours of sale.

Sales will continue to end every day at 9 p.m.

Mary May 22, 2012 at 12:23 AM
you've got to be kidding!!!!!!!!.
Greg May 22, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Local control is key.
jackie May 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Hmmm, we have drunk drivers on the road and now we will have drunk boaters. I am trying to find the logic in this decision. I guess the logic equals money
Greg May 24, 2012 at 12:31 AM
A) Not everyone that drinks gets drunk. B) Many will be on charters, not driving a boat. C) What is stopping drunk boaters now? D) Local merchants will benefit from not only beer sales, but bait, snacks etc. E) It's not if they will buy alcohol, but where. Saukville? Logic does equal money and your "drunk" logic doesn't equal logic.
jackie May 24, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Greg, I am not going to argue with you on a public forum. We all have our own opinions and I stated mine. Wisconsin is the leading state for alcohol consumption. Enough said.


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