July 12, 2017
Ocracoke restaurants, stores will begin earlier
Sunday alcohol sales this weekend
By CONNIE LEINBACH
The Ocracoke Observer
the Hyde County commissioners’ passage Monday night of the “Brunch
Bill” ordinance, Ocracoke restaurants and retail outlets will need less
time on Sundays to watch the clock before alcohol sales may begin.
Gov. Roy Cooper signed the “Brunch Bill” into law Friday, June 30,
municipalities around the state began to enact ordinances ratifying the
law which allows alcohol sales on Sundays to begin at 10 a.m. instead
The state law mandated that earlier sales were
contingent on local approval. Town and city councils can make the
change inside their borders, while county commissioners are in charge
of any unincorporated areas. Since Hyde County has no incorporated
municipalities, the county commissioners approved this ordinance
In Dare County, Several municipalities are taking up this issue as reported by the Outer Banks Voice.
County Manager Bill Rich told the commissioners at their meeting Monday night that 48 states have passed this law.
Howard’s Pub owner Ann Warner was happy. Since the Pub opens at 11 a.m. they can serve drinks immediately.
no longer have to watch the clock,” she said Tuesday. “It’s a win for
the customers, the staff, the businesses and the county.”
Store proprietor Tommy Hutcherson said his staff is remaking their
hand-written poster to say alcohol sales will begin at 10 a.m.
“We rope off the beer until then,” he said.