Hearings Set For Booze Sales Near Church, St. Mark’s

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  • It’s cold outside

    Dan, just wondering…how do these “type of” variances apply in HP….with Bradfield? etc.

  • A. B.

    The entrance to the Northwest Bible Church gym is on the north side of that campus and directly across from the entrance to the sanctuary so this makes no sense. What makes even less sense is why serving alcohol within 300′ of a church is a problem. Schools I get (kind of); churches I don’t

    Re St. Mark’s–sounds like the portion of campus he is referring to is the perfect spot to hide out and sneak a few brewskis between classes.

  • Z

    Pretty sure I’ve been served alcohol AT church, hundreds of times. By clergy, and on Sundays, no less. They serve it to minors, too. Usually with a little wafer, which isn’t especially filling, so I often bring my own sandwich.

  • Edward

    I agree with A.B. The entire thing is a total crock. What having a cocktail on a Thursday evening at Macaroni Grill has to do with some people going to church blocks away on a Sunday escapes me.

    Whether or not a school or “church” (why are churches so special anyways – at least when I buy a drink the city and state make some money, while they have to spend money on non-tax paying “churches”) is 20 ft or 299 ft or 1000+ ft shouldn’t have diddly-squat to do with whether someone can have some wine with their food.

  • XT

    Never thought about it, but you’re right, I’m not sure why a proximity to a church has any legal standing. Separation of church and state?

  • It’s cold outside

    Dan…can you please try to answer my question above.

    Bradfield Elementary is very close (maybe 20 yards) to liquor being sold from various sources located within the HP Village Shopping Center. What is the variance, if any? And who would approve this ok to sell liquor so close to an elementary school? And isn’t there a Pre-School at the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Douglas?

    Your article made me realize how this is even possible, given the conservative town of Highland Park? Do the elementary children at Bradfield and nearby alcohol sales mix?

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe HP’s town attorney crafted a past town ordinance about something relating alcohol consumption and property owners? I’m not sure, help me with this. Thanks.

  • Parkie

    @It’s Cold, you have some good questions. Maybe you could call the town of HP tomorrow and find out the answers yourself. It should be public information.