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Liquor board mulls rules on alcohol delivery

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The Prince George's County liquor board moved closer Tuesday to establishing regulations regarding the home delivery of alcohol.

Under proposed rules, stores would have to pay a $250 application fee, employees delivering alcohol would have to complete an alcohol awareness program, and purchasers would have to prove they are 21 or older.

A final vote on the proposed regulations is expected Aug. 3.

Alcohol delivery is legal in the county. However, there are no clear regulations, and only a handful of stores offer the service. The liquor board decided to hash out regulations after Potomac Gourmet Market, a grocery store at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, applied for permission to deliver alcohol to nearby residents.

"We didn't anticipate all of this would result because of it," the store's attorney, Abigale Bruce-Watson, said after the hearing.

Stores providing delivery sales would also be required to record all deliveries made and the name and address of the person accepting the delivery, as well as report any crimes committed against delivery drivers.

"We have heard from the police department, and they think it's a good idea," said Board of License Commissioners Chairman Franklin D. Jackson, citing previous hearings on the proposed rules.

Fast food and pizza delivery drivers have on several occasions been targeted and killed in robbery attempts in the county, most recently in March.

Several County Council members and residents have spoken out against alcohol delivery in the county, worrying it may allow easier access to booze for people under 21.

Mark Allen Tinnin, a manager of No. 1 Liquors in College Park, said his store's delivery employees use their discretion when deciding whether to deliver alcohol and turn down purchasers "all the time" when they detect a fake ID card or something seems amiss.

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