Charleston City Council passes final reading of alcohol ban for new bars

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In a 9-3 vote, Charleston City Council passed the final reading of a temporary alcohol ban for new bars.

The ban means no permits for new businesses will be issued for bars or restaurants that want to serve alcohol late night in certain areas on the peninsula for one year.

The ban has been in effect for a month when it was read and passed for a first reading.

The ban will end on Sept. 23, 2015.

So for the time being, bars and restaurants that want to serve alcohol after midnight along King, Meeting and most of Market Street downtown will be denied a permit.

This has had a lot of push back from people in the food and beverage industry, but proponents say it'll restore some balance to downtown's business landscape, and will increase safety.

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