Bikes before booze: say no to a private liquor store on the corner of Crescent Road & 128th Street!
The City of Surrey is currently reviewing a proposal for rezoning to permit a private liquor store on the corner of Crescent Road and 128th Street, near Fieldstones (project number 15-0446). The proposed outlet would be in very close proximity to elementary and high schools, Crescent Park, Crescent Beach, the marina and to busy community-based organizations such as the Crescent Beach Swim Club and Camp Alexandra. Residents are concerned that more readily available, accessible alcohol could result in increased impaired driving, public disturbances, vandalism, crime, violence, etc., particularly during certain times of the year such as holidays, high school graduation and the area’s very busy summer season. The community is already well served by a government liquor store in Ocean Park and specialty stores in White Rock, and given that most residents probably shop at existing stores, the majority of customers at a higher priced, late night “convenience” outlet would probably be “opportunistic” drinkers or visitors headed to the park or beach. The negative impacts of a private outlet in a residential neighborhood near a park and beach far outweigh any public benefits!
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