Ordinance Change Would Let Sundance Sell Weak Beer on Sundays

Ordinance Change Would Let Sundance Sell Weak Beer on Sundays

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Sundance Resort can sell hard liquor and strong beer on Sundays because of its state liquor license but it cannot sell weak beer on Sunday because of a Utah County ordinance.

County commissioners are considering changing the ordinance to allow the resort to do so.

The state controls the days of sale on liquor licenses, but cities and counties control the days of sale on beer licenses. Beer that is 3.2 percent alcohol content by weight, or 4 percent by volume, is sold under a beer license. Stronger beer, 6.5 percent alcohol by weight, is sold under liquor licenses.

County commissioners are considering adding an exception to the county's beer license to allow businesses with state liquor licenses to also sell 3.2 beer on tap on Sundays. They talked about it during a work meeting Tuesday and will vote on it next Tuesday.

Sundance brought the problem to the county's attention based on customer feedback, said resort spokeswoman Lucy Ridolphi.

"It's basically the idea that Sundance wants to respond to the needs of its guests," she said.

The county has issued beer licenses to four businesses and Sundance is the only one that also has the state license.

"Unless the other three areas get liquor licenses, they still can't sell on Sundays," said Community Development Director Jeff Mendenhall.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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