Unalaska changes liquor laws

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2003

UNALASKA (AP) -- Last call is coming a little earlier in Unalaska.

The city council approved an ordinance this week that requires bars to close at 2 a.m., an hour earlier than previously.

The new ordinance was given final approval Tuesday night by the Unalaska City Council by a 4-2 vote, with Roger Meeks and Katherine McGlashan opposed.

The ordinance also allows the sale of liquor without meals on Sunday.

As a compromise, bars will be able to stay open an hour later on Friday and Saturday. Closing times for Friday and Saturday are now 3 a.m. That means Friday night stays the same, but that on Saturday last call will be two hours sooner.

Opposition to cutting back the closing hours came from representatives of all the bars in town, including a letter from State Rep. Carl Moses, owner of Carl's Bayview Inn.

''I can assure you that as you restrict liquor hours, the uncontrolled drunken house parties will increase,'' Moses wrote.''Any restriction on liquor hours will be welcomed by the illegal drug dealers.''

But city council members Gregg Hanson and Shirley Marquardt said they'd received substantial support for earlier closing times from local residents in private communications.

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