Vicksburg to submit application for Social District

Vicksburg Village Council members have approved submitting an application that, if accepted, would allow the creation of a so-called Social District for an area of downtown.

The measure means alcohol can be taken from a licensed, alcohol-serving business to an outdoor area anywhere within the boundaries of the district.

Village attorney Andrew Horne said the specific boundaries of the village’s proposed social district will have to be physically marked so it’s clear where beer in a cup, for example, can and can’t be taken downtown.

There are five license holders within Vicksburg’s proposed Social District. Horne said the boundaries can be expanded or reduced at the discretion of the village council.

If the application is approved, the Social District ordinance is expected to be in effect Jan. 1 for all of 2021 and, specifically, starting at 4 p.m. Last sale is 10 p.m., though patrons may continue to patronize alcohol-serving establishments after 10 o’clock.

The village and the five liquor-license holders within the proposed Social District still need to submit their permit applications to the state for approval. The review process could take up to a month, village officials said.

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