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17th Street Liquor Moratorium on Dupont Circle ANC Agenda; Final Action Expected

Wed., Aug. 14 (7pm): The Dupont Circle ANC will be holding its regular monthly meeting at the Brookings Institution (1775 Mass. Ave., NW,). Among the items on the substantive agenda most likely to be of major importance to residents will be action on its ABRA Policy Committee’s proposal for petitioning the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board to renew the 17th Street (East Dupont) Liquor Moratorium –- with a few modifications, mainly to exempt restaurants — for another three years. The present moratorium, which has been renewed several times since its inception 23 years ago, will expire on September 23rd. (See, “Proposed Resolution to Support the Extension of a Modified East Dupont Circle Liquor Moratorium” at http://preview.tinyurl.com/myhq5q7 and the accompanying draft report at http://preview.tinyurl.com/l4hpodw. For more information, visit www.dupontcircleanc.net or send email to email@DupontCircleANC.net

When the ABC Board last renewed this moratorium four years ago it indicated its skepticism about what had become a seemingly endless regime, noting “that while it gave great weight to the ANC and considered heavily the concerns of the residents who live most closely to the commercial corridor, it [was] the Board’s position that moratoriums are not meant to be in place indefinitely. The existing East Dupont Circle Moratorium has been in place for over 18 years and there has been a great deal of change in the neighborhood it is intended to preserve. The Board recognizes that the moratorium has worked well for the neighborhood, but it will also closely examine the need to renew the moratorium when it expires. . . .”