Some Fairhope businesses are upset after they say the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board fined them after allowing folks to take alcoholic beverages out of their establishments during the annual Christmas parade. Now they’re asking the city to once again establish a downtown entertainment district that would allow for it.
“I kind of felt like we were targeted,” said Douglas Kerr, owner of Dragonfly Café and Fly Bar in downtown Fairhope. “I felt like the community was targeted and more or less that…the businesses that serve alcoholic beverages. I felt like it was kind of a slight of hand on their part.”
Kerr said ABC agents cited him and other bars and eateries on one of the town’s busiest nights of the year…the annual Christmas parade. Because of that, they’re asking the city to create a downtown entertainment district which would allow folks to take their drinks outside. It’s something that was looked at a year ago, but never gained traction.