NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. - A group of neighbors in Neptune Beach is fighting to protect what they call a family-oriented community.
Some neighbors are concerned about off-site parking for a new restaurant called The Local going up in the Beaches Town Center, but not just because of the cars.
The restaurant is located where the 7-Eleven convenience store used to be, right next to the Starbucks.
By adding more parking spaces, the restaurant would have been able to get a liquor license.
Keith Baker is one of several neighbors who said they want to avoid the barlike atmosphere.
“It’s a no-brainer. The more alcohol there is, the more chance for problems,” Baker said.
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During Wednesday’s City of Neptune Beach Community Development Board meeting, the restaurant owner said he was willing to close early to not contribute to a bar crowd.
However, it wasn’t enough to persuade the board as they voted to deny the off-site parking request.
The board voted unanimously to approve outdoor dining at the restaurant.
With a unanimous vote, outdoor dining at the restaurant has been approved. @ActionNewsJax— Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) July 10, 2019
In Jacksonville Beach, city leaders are moving forward with banning restaurant alcohol sales past midnight.
The ordinance is going up for a second discussion Aug. 5. A vote is not planned yet.
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