Commissioners vote against creating social district

Friday, January 6, 2023 - 2:39pm

During its January 3 work session, the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 against creating a social district.

In September 2021, Gov. Roy Cooper signed House Bill 890 which allows North Carolina cities and counties to create their own “social districts” - designated areas people can take alcohol to go and drink it while walking down the street. Whereas state law normally prohibits the consumption of alcohol on public streets and sidewalks, in a social district, people are allowed to buy an adult beverage and drink it while moving about.

Commissioners Jim Dyer, Chad Sary, and Nick Sliwinski voted against the effort to amend the code of ordinances to create a social district, while Commissioners Keith Shackleford and Adam Wright voted in favor.