Variance not required for League City restaurant to sell alcohol near school

(Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
(Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

A new restaurant coming to League City will sell alcohol within 300 feet of a school, but certain details about how that distance is measured means League City City Council approval was not required for the restaurant.

Alli Jarrett plans to open Low Tide Seafood at 201 S. Egret Bay Blvd., formerly a CVS, in the coming months. The restaurant will sell alcohol. Under League City ordinances, restaurants that sell alcohol cannot be within 300 feet of a school, but Low Tide will be 225 feet from Clear Creek High School property.

However, Executive Director of Development Services David Hoover explained during City Council’s Oct. 12 meeting City Council does not have to grant a variance to the restaurant for it to be able to sell alcohol.

The 225-foot measurement is a straight line, but it should be measured by how a person walks. In that case, the distance is almost 360 feet when factoring in walking along sidewalks and crossing Egret Bay Boulevard, Hoover said.

In the interest of protecting the city, Council Member Chad Tressler asked if that understanding of how the distance is measured would ever be challenged, to which Hoover responded it would not.

“We’re really thrilled that they’re coming here,” Hoover said of the restaurant.

In other business

League City has been allocated $10.39 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding but has not yet decided how to allocate it.

City Council on Oct. 12 was poised to approve a plan that would have allocated $8.68 million toward water, sewer and broadband infrastructure; $1.5 million toward public health and economic impacts; and $205,000 to recover revenue loss. However, Council Member Larry Millican asked to hold the item until the next meeting Oct. 26.

Millican said there is a Houston-Galveston Area Council program in the works that would offer loans to small businesses. The program will need seed money, and League City could use American Rescue Plan Act monies to fund it, Millican said.

Millican asked to postpone until more can be learned about the program and potentially helping fund it, to which City Council voted in favor.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.



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