Summarized by Michael Nielsen
SLOC Struggles with Liquor Availability Issue
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- With less than 550 days before the Olympics,
the Salt Lake Organizing Committee is postponing a decision to sell
alcoholic beverages at any Olympic events. Although games held at
other Olympic sites have sold beer from kiosks, it is unclear how
long it would take to get approval to sell alcohol at Utah's games.
Lawyers have suggested several ways to sell beer legally during the
games, but Utah's byzantine liquor laws do not make sales easy. The
laws have been strongly influenced by the dominant LDS church.
Moreoever, the church owns the parking lot where the Medals Plaza
will be situated. According to Dale Bills, LDS church spokesman,
"Since we've received no plan from SLOC that includes serving alcohol
at the Medals Plaza, the matter has not been discussed."
SLOC Still Ponders Big Question: Drink Up?
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By Kirsten Stewart: Salt Lake Tribune