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Delray restaurants win alcohol appeal

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By Marissa Bagg

DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The owners of Bru's Room and HJ O'Connor's Pub will be allowed to sell alcohol just outside their doors during the Saint Patrick's Day parade on March 15. That decision came down Tuesday night at City Hall.

Update, TUE 10 PM Originally, City Manager Louis Chapman denied the owners' request to sell alcohol outdoors during the holiday celebrations.  

On appeal, the owners argued tightening up bar space would cut into their profits. Commissioners agreed. "On a day when so many of these businesses make a tremendous amount of their annual income, that would be closing down their ability to do that, and I don't feel comfortable with that," said Shelly Petrolia. 

The Delray Beach Police Chief argued allowing outdoor sales would threaten public safety. 

The city spends about $18,000 every year on overtime to patrol the event. Those who support the pubs say that money is well spent. "They have security here and keep the peace pretty well, I've never seen any issues, so I don't see what the problem is," said Evan Legrys.

Previously: Two Delray Beach restaurants are fighting to expand alcohol sales during the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The city manager denied requests for outside sales from Bru's Room and H.J. O'Connor's Pub last month citing public safety. Supporters of both businesses plan to protest at City Hall ahead of a vote.

O'Connors Pub owners say they can't afford to lose out on the profits made on the holiday.

Commissioners remain on the fence. "On a day when so many of these businesses make a tremendous amount of their annual income, that would be closing down their ability to do that, and I don't feel comfortable with that," said Delray Beach City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia.

This is the first year parade organizers didn't ask open containers be allowed along the parade route leaving restaurants to fend for themselves.

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