Held a closed session with representatives of the S.C. State Ports Authority to discuss the existing development agreement for the state-owned port of Port Royal property, 51-acres along Battery Creek that is for sale.
The agreement is scheduled to expire in July 2012, and Ports Authority attorney Neil Robinson said the authority wants to look at extending the contract with the town so potential buyers who look at the site in the coming year know what they can and cannot do with the property.
Council authorized town manager Van Willis and town attorney Frances Cantwell to negotiate "development agreement issues" with the authority.
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Port Royal Town Council began looking into alcohol sales cut off times last month after the police department said it thought an earlier last call could help quell a recent rise in late-night incidents at Cowboys and Indians, a bar and restaurant on Ribaut Road.
Council discussed the possibility of a 2 a.m. required closing time during its meeting Wednesday, and many members appeared to support it.
"It's uniform and it's easy to enforce," Councilman Joe Lee said after the meeting. "I might be called anti-business, but nothing good happens after 2 a.m."
According to South Carolina law, restaurants and bars must stop pouring liquor at 2 a.m. but can continue serving beer and wine.
Jurisdictions can set earlier cut-off times for alcohol sales through local law, however.
The town of Port Royal currently prohibits the sale of beer or wine between 4 and 6 a.m.
Town Manager Van Willis said the town has looked at three methods of dealing with late night bar incidents. They include:
Police Capt. Alan Beach said after the meeting that he looked into how other municipalities handle alcohol sales.
"There were more ordinances that use the word 'close' rather than 'stop serving,'" Beach said. "They seem to have more success."
Town Council is scheduled to have a first reading on the issue at its meeting Wednesday.