Last night the Public Safety and Licensing Committee met to discuss the request by a local DT market, to acquire a waiver of the "Class A" liquor license so the market can offer full liquor product selection, rather than the current "Beer" only license.
The market argues that offering full Class A will permit them to make enough profit during the sales day to be able close at 9 pm rather than the current midnight closing. Whatever their reason the fact that Racine abides by this silly artificial "Cap", on licenses makes no sense whatsoever. Now it should be noted the committee voted "Yes" to send the request to the full council this coming Tuesday evening, (Primary election day); however Alderman Marcus voted NO!!! Ald. Marcus' reason, he explained was that he didn't believe the market had enough of a reason to break the "cap". I respectfully disagree Alderman, if the market asks we should grant the request unless they have a history of problems. If the city of Racine is going to recover and grow..we must allow businesses to make the decisions to grow their businesses, Most of the current council and Mayor have blocked several businesses from opening in the city for "perceived problems", rather than actual problems.
Mr Marcus, as you pursue your Mayoral bid it must be your first goal to smooth the path, rather than block the path, of new and existing businesses. If this market violates or abuses the rules, then we slap them down. Until then give them the benefit of the doubt and let them make their business work better.