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Monday, March 31, 2014

Comment on Adams Morgan Liquor License Moratorium Solicited

D.C. liquor-licensing authorities are soliciting public comment on the proposals to renew the Adams Morgan liquor license moratorium zone (see map). In-person testimony will be taken on May 7. The authorities also encourage written comment from people who cannot attend the hearing.

On March 28, the D.C. Register published an official announcement of the upcoming hearing. Below is the text of the announcement (links added by me):

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) will conduct a hearing to receive public comment on two proposals regarding the renewal of the Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone. One proposal, submitted by Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1C proposes to renew the existing Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone for a five year period with certain modifications. A second proposal submitted by the Kalorama Citizens Association seeks to have the existing Moratorium Zone renewed with no changes to current restrictions. The Board believes both of these proposals merit further evaluation, and thus adopted emergency rules on March 12, 2014, to extend the existing Moratorium for another 120 days to receive public comment.

The public comment hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at 2000 14th Street, N.W., Board Hearing Room, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20009. Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to testify should contact Martha Jenkins, General Counsel, at (202) 442-4456, or by e-mail at by May 1, 2014.

E-mail contacts should include the full name, title, and affiliation, if applicable, of the person(s) testifying. Testimony may be limited to five (5) minutes in order to permit everybody an opportunity to be heard. Witnesses should bring nine (9) copies of their written testimony to the hearing.

If you are unable to testify and wish to comment, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the Board’s official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted to Ruthanne Miller, Chairperson, Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, at 2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20009, no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 9, 2014.
A version of the same announcement on the web site of D.C.'s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABRA) makes it clear that e-mail comments will also be accepted. They may be sent to Martha Jenkins at the email address above through 4 pm on May 9.

View the original announcement here.

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