DEWEY BEACH, Del. - The Dewey Beach Planning Commission is recommending approval of a brew pub to the Town Council at a public hearing Saturday.
The commission voted five to one in support.
The Dewey Beer and Food Company would be both a brewery and restaurant. It would take the place of what is now Bubba's on the corner of Saulsbury St. and Route 1 in Dewey Beach.
The Planning Commission will present their report at the public hearing. One reason it says the brew pub will benefit Dewey Beach is because it serves food and would be a year-round establishment.
Mike Paraskevich was the one dissenting vote. He said he is concerned about traffic, lack of parking and odor from the beer production.
Other residents are worried that by adding another place to consume alcohol, the town will contribute to what they say is a negative image.
Carl Bauer lives on Saulsbury St. and plans to attend the meeting tomorrow. He said he is against the ordinance.
"The problem is you're going to have people who get hurt, who drink and drive," he said. "When people drink they do things they normally wouldn't do and you're going to have a problem with violence and vandalism."
Michael Fitzmaurice manages the Beach House in Dewey and thinks the opposite.
"It's a brew pub so it's different from what we have, where Bottle and Cork and Starboard are a live venue option, brew pub's a different kind of atmosphere," he explained. "I think it fits right in, actually I think its an upscale, because its not going to [lead to] a huge quantity of drinking, more of a quality drinking."
Tomorrow's meeting will be held Saturday March 8th at 9:00am at the Life Saving Station #1 on Dagsworthy Ave. Town Officials will discuss the brew pub's application with residents and could also decide to put the brewery's application to a vote.
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:04:24 GMT
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