Alcohol Impact Area In Everett, WA Now Mandatory

December 30, 2015

Everett, Everett Government

Alcohol Impact Area

City attorney David Hall explained the Alcohol Impact Area to the Everett City Council in April of this year.

In a unanimous vote tonight the Everett City Council decided to make voluntary restrictions on sales of certain types of alcohol in Everett mandatory within the boundaries of an Alcohol Impact Area.

In April of this year, the city council passed a six month voluntary test ordinance.

On the 9th of this month Everett Police reported back to the council the six month results…

70.4% of the 101 businesses contacted did not comply with the voluntary ban.

15.4% did comply and stopped selling the 20 items. These were mostly larger chain-type and box stores.

14.2% of the businesses never carried the items on the list.

Everett Police Lt. Bruce Bosman told the city council there was about a 10% decrease in the number of alcohol related calls for treatment by the Everett Fire Department over the six month period but other problems such as littering, trespassing, criminal mischief and theft were still issues in designated areas of Everett.

Bosman said the list of Stakeholders that consulted on the alcohol problem all said that over the last six months things have not improved and in some cases are worse.

Tonight the council voted unanimously to make the Alcohol Impact Areas mandatory. You can click here to see the list of banned items and the boundaries of the Alcohol Impact Area. (Scroll down to the last 2 pages of the ordinance)

The new law will go into effect 15 days after the Mayor’s signature on the ordinance and the State Liquor and Cannabis Board will begin contacting more than 100 business within the Alcohol Impact Area.

The Everett City Council has asked the police department to report back on the impacts both within and outside of the Alcohol Impact Area.

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