TABC Signs Order For Alcohol At Six Flags Parks …Residents Have 20 Days To Protest Before State Issues Permits To Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor In Arlington
If there is no motion protesting, alcohol will be served at Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor in Arlington. On Wednesday, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Administrator Alan Steen signed the order, which gives the theme parks the permits if no one protests during the next 20 days.
The judge found, after a public hearing, that the “issuance of the requested permits and certificate does not adversely affect the safety of the public, nor will it adversely affect the general welfare, peace, or morals of the people or violate the public sense of decency.” According to TABC code, if no motion for rehearing is filed, the order becomes final 20 days after the date the order is received by the interested parties. If a motion for rehearing is filed, the Administrator must consider that motion before a permit can be issued.
TABC received the original Six Flags Hurricane Harbor and Six Flags Over Texas on Jan. 11, 2008. The TABC conducted an investigation after their received protest letters and then scheduled the hearings for mid October of 2008.
Administrative Law Judge Tanya Cooper’s Proposal for Decision was signed on January 9, 2009. In her decision, Administrative Law Judge Tanya Cooper’s stated:
“Applicant has operated the amusement park where these Commission-issued permits and certificate are sought for several years, along with numerous other amusement parks similarly situated that serve alcoholic beverage choices, without any significant adverse effects. Applicant has existing procedures to effectively handle an intoxicated park guest should that situation arise. There was no evidence presented that Applicant has a history of operating this, or any of its parks, in violation of the Code.”
She pointed out the theme parks were located along Interstate 30 in Arlington designated as “entertainment district,” which is an area designated “wet” allowing for alcoholic beverage sales.
“The amusement park is along Interstate 30, with no residences, churches, or schools within the restricted area around this park.
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Protestants’ concerns, although understandable, do not rise to the level of an unusual condition or situation that justifies a finding that the place or manner in which the Applicant conducts business warrants a refusal of the permits and certificate sought based on the general welfare, health, peace, morals, safety, and sense of decency of the people. Accordingly, based on the evidence in the record, the Protestants have failed to show, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Applicant’s application should be denied,” she wrote.