There’s something relaxing about enjoying a cold one on the beach.
Under current laws in Vancouver, anyone caught drinking in public can get slapped with a whopping $230 fine. The tides however, are about to turn.
On Monday, the Vancouver Park Board finally approved a new Concession Strategy. This includes a two year pilot program to allow liquor sales at the English Bay and Kitsilano Beach concession stands from May through September.
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Given a lot of beach goers “secretly” drink anyways, the move is designed to provide an area to legally do so, as well as help nearby condo-dwellers enjoy their backyard.
According to Park Board Commissioner Sarah Kirby-Yung, the pilot project in these two areas will allow the board to assess the feasibility of selling booze at other locations in the next three to five years.
Vancouver Beaches Pilot Program
The two locations selected already have restaurant concessions – Cactus Restaurants at English Bay and The Boathouse at Kitsilano Beach – and can help the program take off.
The pilot program at both beaches will operate like a beer garden.
A part of the beach at English Bay beside the public walkway would be sectioned off with rope. At Kitsilano Beach, a small patio will be added outside the concession.
The Park board predicts the pilot program could increase sales by 30 to 50 per cent from alcohol alone.
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