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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 08/04/2011

New rules on alcohol, night entertainment in Prince George’s

The Prince George’s County liquor board late Wednesday approved new rules for evening entertainment that officials hope will help the county crack down on noise and crime.

The liquor board also approved new rules for home delivery of alcohol in Prince George’s. Both rules are effective immediately.

Under the entertainment rule, clubs will need to apply for permit to hold evening entertainment. Permission for evening entertainment after 9 p.m. will now require a $1,500 annual fee, a security plan and a public hearing

Among the businesses to be affected by the entertainment permit rule is the Surf Club on Kenilworth Avenue in Edmonston, which also was fined $5,000 by the board Wednesday after a lengthy hearing about problems at the club.

Early in the morning of March 4, police found a District man shot outside the club. He later died at a nearby hospital. Members of the community, including Mayor Robert Kerns, former mayor Adam Ortiz police chief Stephen E. Walker Sr., spoke before the board Wednesday night about their concerns over safety at the club and in nearby neighorhoods.

If father-and-son owners James F. Byrum of Bowie and James D. Byrum of Edgewater apply for the permit, residents and local police will likely be able to testify about their concerns stemming from homicide.

The alcohol home delivery rule, also approved by the board Wednesday evening, requires that the delivery person be at least 18, that the business owner record the names of people receiving deliveries and that the buyer and recipient offer proof that they are at least 21. Deliveries to colleges, fraternities and sororities are banned.

Stores applying for permission to make deliveries will have to pay a $250 fee and will have to reapply annually to make home deliveries, which have been legal in Maryland since 1947.

More details about the new rules here.

By  |  11:44 AM ET, 08/04/2011

 
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