Saturday, February 4, 2023

New Hanover Board of Commissioners gives Brunch Bill the green light

New Hanover County voted to approve Sunday morning alcohol sales Monday night (Port City Daily Photo/FILE PHOTO)
New Hanover County voted to approve Sunday morning alcohol sales Monday night (Port City Daily Photo/FILE PHOTO)

WILMINGTON — Good news for those who enjoy a mimosa with their Sunday morning brunch, the New Hanover Board of Commissioners voted Monday to approve the so-called Brunch Bill, which allows the sale of alcohol Sunday mornings starting at 10 a.m., instead of current law which prohibits the sale until noon.

The move follows suit of several municipalities in the county including the Town of Wrightsville Beach and the Town of Carolina Beach – both of which approved the ordinance last week.

The changes come after Governor Roy Cooper approved the bill allowing the Sunday morning sales – with one caveat. The Governor’s approval gave the choice to either approve or deny the sale of alcohol to local municipalities and counties.

The City of Wilmington and Kure Beach will vote on the matter at their respective meetings on Tuesday night; they are the last two municipalities in New Hanover County to vote on the matter.

The unincorporated county has more than 40 bars and restaurants permitted to serve alcohol and a number of retail stores licensed to sell beer and wine for off-premises consumption, County Chairman Woody White said.

The measure passed unanimously, without any discussion from commissioners.


Michael Praats can be reached via email at michael.p@localvoicemedia.com.

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