A move to create an unlimited number of beer, wine and liquor licenses for downtown restaurants was derailed Tuesday when it was discovered the ordinance enabling them was faulty.
Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is proposing a Downtown Dining District that would take advantage of state law allowing more liquor licenses, even in cities beyond their quota, as Fort Wayne is.
The measure could have won preliminary approval by the City Council, but Mitch Harper, R-4th, pointed out that the restrictions on the licenses that proponents were citing do not actually appear in the ordinance as it is currently drafted. They are listed in the “whereas” section of the bill, but not in the “therefore, be it resolved” section.
Council members then voted unanimously to hold the proposal until it can be redrafted.
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