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More Liquor Licenses for Peabody Headed to Full House, Senate

Peabody would like 10 additional licenses, including half for the Northshore Mall and the other five for specific Peabody Square sites.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Peabody’s home rule petition to add 10 more liquor licenses for restaurants has cleared a state legislative committee and is now headed to the full House and Senate.

The Salem News reported that approval could happen within the next few weeks. Other liquor license home rule petitions for Danvers and Beverly are also headed to the full House and Senate. 

The Commonwealth has a formula that allows liquor licenses based on population, which can make it difficult for communities with many restaurants and shopping areas.

Peabody and Danvers officials as well as state Rep. Ted Speliotis, Sen. Joan Lovely and Rep. Leah Cole testified on the bill last week.

Peabody would like 10 additional licenses, including half for the Northshore Mall and the other five for specific Peabody Square sites.

Read the full Salem News article.

Read previous coverage of the liquor license issue here:

Dec. 3, 2013: Speliotis: Misconceptions Cloud Special Legislation for Liquor Licenses

Dec. 2, 2013: City Council Agrees to Petition State for 10 More Liquor Licenses

Nov. 25, 2013: Mayor Wants 10 More Liquor Licenses for Mall and Downtown
Saber Walsh April 15, 2014 at 06:42 AM
I used to believe that liquor licensing made sense and helped protect the public. But since elected officials don't give a rat's butt about safety and security anymore, why bother?

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