Liquor By The Drink For Beach Restaurant Draws Opposition

A restaurant along the beach that serves beer and wine wants to sell liquor by the drink, but some nearby residents are against the plan.

The "Port of Call" restaurant in Salter Path wants to be annexed into nearby Indian Beach so it can sell liquor by the drink. Restaurant goers can currently bring in their own, known as brown bagging.

Renee Melby is among the 150 people who have signed a petition opposing the annexation. "I preferably would like to have peace and quiet when I come home and would like to feel safe that my grandchildren that are outside playing are not going to have to deal with somebody that had just a wee bit too much to drink."

"Port of Call" general manager Justin Baysden doesn't foresee problems. Baysden says, "From the parking lot from outside it will look no different. We won't be open any extra hours, we're not adding any extra shifts, no extra seats, no extra bars, the health department is really strict on that."

Baysden says what they've created is an upscale environment for diners expecting liquor, not just beer and wine and brown bagging they offer now. Baysden says, "It would help keep the unruliness out. It would help ensure we don't have a free for all here."

Indian Beach commissioners will have to vote on the annexation request. A public meeting is set for June 8th at 5:00 p.m.


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  • by Renee Location: Salter Path on Jun 2, 2011 at 03:51 AM
    One after thought. What benifit is it to Indian Beach to annex this one peice of property. A few pennies on the dollar in tax money. Is the increase in ad valorum worth the liability?
  • by Local Yokel Location: Eastern NC on May 27, 2011 at 06:35 AM
    Personally I think the bigger issue is the annexation plan itself rather than whether or not to allow liquor by the drink. Anyone who has driven along Bogue Banks knows that you leave Emerald Isle and drive through a snippet of Indian Beach, then you drive through Salter Path, then through another section of Indian Beach before getting to Pine Knoll Shores. Port of Call is smack in the middle of Salter Path. Is the petition seeking to add another section of Indian Beach in the middle of Salter Path? I'm all for adding new businesses and for everyoe making a buck but I can't seem to wrap my head around annexing the property on which a restaurant stands to get around existing regulations. If the owners of Port of Call wanted to be able to sell liquor by the drink, they could have located their business in Indian Beach to start. Instead, they took advantage of the lower tax rates, lower property values and less restrictions to open the business in Salter Path. Since they can't move the business to where liquor laws are more favorable, they want to move the town to them. Liquor by the drink or liquor in a brown bag and mixed by the patron? Liquor is liquor in my book and whether or not to allow liquor by the drink rather than brown bagging seems a pointless debate. Whether to allow another annexation of Salter Path land by Indian Beach is a much bigger issue. Maybe someone should start that petition.
  • by outside looking in on May 26, 2011 at 07:40 PM
    I don't understand what all the fuss is about! An entrepreneur wants to make all the money he can which will in turn help the local economy. I would think that since they rely mostly on tourists that most likely the people that work there live in surrounding areas. Therefore, they make money and they spend money in the local areas. That's good right? The guy is just trying to make a buck. It's hard enough these days to make it in a new business especially a restaurant. Not all people that drink liquor are drunks. Not everyone wants beer or wine. Some of us do not wish to carry a bottle of liquor with us in case we would happen into a restaurant that does not have liquor by the drink. It only makes good business sense to accomodate the people you are serving and they will come back. Some people don't like changes unless they are somehow involved whether it be their idea or someone has asked their opinion or their permission. It's not going to hurt a thing for this restaurant to be allowed to serve liquor by the drink.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on May 26, 2011 at 04:36 AM
    I don't even know where to start on this one. lol Wow.. Yeah, it's not going to be any different than people bringing their own right now. I have to agree about keeping your kids out of the street. Children don't need to be out unsupervised these days anyway, so what does the service of alcohol at a place of business have to do with them? If they're playing in front of the restaurant, they're the ones in the wrong place anyway. This one is just a weird thing to object to. What a silly petition.
  • by I Fought the Law on May 26, 2011 at 03:44 AM
    Tell me Renee, how is liquor by the drink going to give you less peace and quiet or endanger your grandkids more than the current brown bagging scenario. If anything liquor by the drink would cause a person to consume less since it is more expensive to buy liquor drinks than to buy a chaser. But I'm a reasonable man and will listen to you or anyone else that can explain that to me. Otherwise, Salter Path do the right thing and grant the business their request.
  • by Sam on May 26, 2011 at 02:21 AM
    First no cigarettes, now no drinking, next no eating? Don't you just love it being told what to do? We are living in a crazy world. Will not be too long before they drop the big one on you, legalizing drugs
  • by umm duh on May 25, 2011 at 10:51 PM
    They already serve beer and wine so there goes that keeping your children safe in the streets theory. Here's a theory: keep your kids outta the street!
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      by bucklebuck on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:11 PM in reply to umm duh
      you know what she was talking about. so why can't they just be happy with serving beer and wine.or move to indian beach!!!!!! why take salter path away from the salter path people!!!!!
  • by Joe II Location: EASTEREN NC on May 25, 2011 at 10:07 PM
    Thats right Sitting in around or in a room with a responisble ADULT who has to be 21 to consume an cocktail{thats a drink with tax paid Alc.by the way} is not the same as sitting beside or in a room with someone {who only has to be 18 to by Tobaccie not use or consume it} smoking a pipe cigar or cigarette producing burning toxicians, and second hand smoke to some people that breath taking verus watching a glass till up, knowing that it is very expenseive to consume $5,6 7,10.00 compared tom the less expenseive "pack or bowl, or wrapped cigars , which also can be very,very expensive depending on how you like them or where you buy it. The laws say how much Alc. you can let a person drink wBrown bagging or by the drink not smoke in, which in N.C. youy cant in doors where food is served. and yes brown baggin most places you pour your on and is too late when you noticed. light up and watch those sobber drunks walk by out side. I made money off Tobacco just like many others but the true reports where exposed not covered up .
  • by joe Location: eastern nc on May 25, 2011 at 09:48 PM
    wow let them sever Lq. by the drink, come on this is 2011. we re not talkin a bunch of uncontrolable people rushing in to by a round. by selling it by the drink and not brown bagging gives the buisness moire control over how much is cosumed. this would also add moneies to the local area because the TAX stays local.they already allow beer& wine. the cost of a mixed DRINK will keep folks from consuming that whole bottle, and beside as a business you cant sever an intoxicated person, and if aperson drinks to much, god forbid, and causes an collision or "promblems" after they leave, north carolina law holds the BUSINESS and BAR tender liable also. there you have it more people watc hing more carefully, thus everyones better off.
  • by SUNSOAKER Location: BEAUFORT on May 25, 2011 at 08:44 PM
    I don't think they are going to be catering to "drunks". I've been to the restaurant...it is a very classy establishment that just wants to be able to provide a nice cocktail to restaurant patrons. It is definately not the kind of place for hanging out and getting plastered. By the way, the food is absolutely wonderful...you should really give it a try!
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      by bucklebuck on Jun 1, 2011 at 07:53 PM in reply to SUNSOAKER
      well sunsoaker let them open one beside you. they have to start some where. one day they close at 10 the next it will be 2. it is right in the middle of a residental area.(family not business) it is a good thing people don't hang out there . they do it just about every weekend.let me ask you one thing if they want to be indian beach why dont they go to indian beach and leave salter path alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
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