Growlers of Penticton’s finest craft beer are displayed on Okanagan Lake beach where they can now be consumed legally. (Ale Trail photo)

Growlers of Penticton’s finest craft beer are displayed on Okanagan Lake beach where they can now be consumed legally. (Ale Trail photo)

Penticton City Council approves beach booze bylaw for 2022

The bylaw brings back drinking in designated outdoor spaces across the city for another summer

Outdoor liquor consumption in designated areas will once again be permitted in 2022.

As part of the city’s Dec. 7 council meeting, the bylaw previously approved last April was revisited and unanimously approved to be brought back for another go-around next summer.

The bylaw approved earlier this year officially began on May. 1 and ended on Oct. 15, hence why council was prompted to make a decision on the status of the document.

Mayor John Vassilaki excused himself from the portion of the meeting, citing a conflict of interest between himself and the liquor business he is associated with.

Consumption of liquor will be permitted on the beach east of Power St. and at Rotary Park, Okanagan Lake Park, Marina Way Park and Skaha Park.

“This bylaw is a one-year extension of the Responsible Consumption Program in all the same places that it operated last year,” said Blake Laven, the director of development services.

The bylaw was approved last April with set hours on when liquor was allowed to be consumed by the public. According to the city, liquor may be consumed from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

When the bylaw was previously approved last April, Penticton became the only city in the Okanagan to permit outdoor drinking in public spaces.

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