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Last Call? Could 2:00 AM bar closing ordinances spread in Charleston Co.?

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Bar and tavern patrons in Charleston, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant are now accustomed to bars closing at 2:00 AM. In unincorporated areas of Charleston County, beginning on December 1, bars that sell and serve beer, wine and alcoholic liquid on their premises must stop operations from 2:00 AM until 6:00 AM.

This measure was voted on by Charleston County Council and was originally set to begin October 1, but was postponed until December. County officials are encouraging other municipalities to start the same regulations so there will be less chance of "donut holes" of bars that remain open past 2:00 AM.

County Administrator Kurt Taylor sent an e-mail to the mayors of Awendaw, Hollywood, Isle of Palms, James Island, Kiawah Island, Lincolnville, McClellanville, Meggett, Ravenel, Rockville and Seabrook Island.

Taylor reported to the council that Ravenel already has a similar ordinance and Hollywood will need to tweak one of their existing ordinances. Meggett will add the idea to their 5-year review as a concept for consideration.

He reported that the Isle of Palms and Kiawah Island officials say they have no plans of considering a 2:00 AM closing ordinance. Councilman Elliott Summey reminded council members that Kiawah is a private community and Isle of Palms have their own police department.

James Island mayor Bill Woolsey said that his town council will discuss the matter. If there is sufficient support for changing the law, an ordinance would appear at a future meeting.

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