Booze ban lifted in Rhineland ward
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An R.M. of Rhineland ward is dry no more, after voters supported a move to lift liquor restrictions.
Only seven per cent of eligible voters turned out for the liquor vote on Oct. 24, which for the first time made it legal to sell liquor in Ward 5, a strip of land from Altona to and including Rosenfeld.
Voters weighed in on seven different types of liquor licences with varying levels of support.
The majority of the 52 voters who weighed in supported the sale of alcohol under a dining room licence, with 85 per cent voting yes.
That mirrored the results of an online survey on pembinatoday.ca in which 89 per cent said the booze ban should be lifted.
But support fell slightly in other categories.
A total of 79 per cent supported the sale of alcohol in a private club or cocktail lounge.
That fell to 78 per cent for a beverage room and sale of alcohol under a retail licence.
Only 70 per cent supported the sale of alcohol under a sports facility license and 67 per cent said yes to a spectator activities licence.
The vote was required after Dee Dee’s Diner, in Four Winds Motel requested it. Although they were only just across the highway from Altona, they were unable to serve alcohol like their competition.
“We can’t compete with anyone in Altona,” owner Darren Stasyszyn told the Red River Valley Echo in September.
News of the approval to make the ward the second one where serving alcohol is legal in the R.M. of Rhineland was good news for Stasyszyn.
“We were ecstatic,” he said about hearing the news.
Stasyszyn has already taken the next step towards securing a liquor licence for his dining room.
“There’s a possibility we could have it before Christmas,” he said.