Port Vincent — After realizing municipal codes limited the hours a business could stay open, two small Livingston Parish villages are reworking their ordinances to let shopkeepers stay open 24 hours.
The Port Vincent Board of Aldermen realized the matter last month, when the police chief asked the village to move alcohol sale hours up by one hour during the week to match the parish. But last call was controlled by ordering all stores to close between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
As Port Vincent worked to separate the issues, the Springfield Board of Aldermen also tackled the problem. Board attorney Brian Abels said the owner of a convenience store expressed interest in staying open around the clock, but the current rule requires they close between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Both villages have introduced new ordinances to allow shops to conduct business 24 hours and are expected to vote on them during meetings next month.
The Port Vincent plan was introduced Tuesday evening. Alderman Scotty Martone asked if businesses could stay open at all hours even if they sold beer, and Police Chief Matthew Allen said they could, but they wouldn’t be allowed to sell alcohol past 1 a.m. during the week or 2 a.m. on weekends.
Unlike elsewhere in the parish, folks in both villages would be able to buy beer a bit earlier, starting at 4 a.m. in Port Vincent and 5 a.m. in Springfield. Officials in both municipalities pointed to their fishing communities, who might want to pick up a six-pack before an early morning on the water.
“They want to go stock up the ice chest,” Abels remarked.
Allen praised the plan to separate business and alcohol sale hours, saying it sets a more uniform closing time across the parish and could entice a new business, like a fast-food chain, to consider moving into the village now that the store could stay open all day.
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