Gettysburg Borough Council President Wesley Heyser said the borough council will take a “first look” at a proposal to allow the public consumption of alcohol in some areas of the borough.
The action followed a petition presented to the borough by business owners and local residents to amend the policy on alcohol consumption on public property.
The borough temporarily loosened public alcohol consumption rules during the pandemic but the proposal would make a permanent ordinance.
Police Chief Robert Glenny said he found “significant public safety” issues with the proposal and expected there would be issues with the Pennsylvania Borough of Liquor Control Enforcement. “It’s a public safety nightmare in my opinion,” he said. “I’m worried about policing it.”
Proposal representative Keith George of the Purple Piggy Toy Store said other towns allow people to move from one venue to another with open alcohol.
George said he thought the proposal would provide outdoor spaces for people to gather and would be good for business and generate extra income for restaurants.
The proposal will be discussed at future council meetings.