The Advertiser just ran a story of a local store in Louisiana that, despite being near a church, was able to obtain a liquor permit.
It reminded me of a recent post on Brain Terminal about controversy in Knoxville, TX:
“On one side of the disagreement is a Muslim mosque, and some of its worshippers are unhappy about plans for a new restaurant that will serve alcohol.
On the opposing end of the clash is a business owner who says he’s invested $1 million to upgrade a blighted building and has tried to accommodate Muslim worshippers during spiritual holidays.
The two entities – The Hill restaurant and the Anoor mosque – are a mere 191 feet apart.”
Knoxville ordinance establishes a 300 ft buffer from church premises to an establishment that serves alcohol. The ordinance is waived if the establishment is granted liquor license at the state level.
While each state/city has similar buffer laws, I wonder if the buffer goes both ways. For example, can a church locate within 300 ft of an establishment with a liquor permit? Or will the establishment have to move if the church impedes on the buffer? Who has liability?