Lee County amendment will allow beer at Red Sox spring training games

When the Red Sox return to Fort Myers in 2012, baseball fans will now be able to purchase a cold beer along with their peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

Lee County commissioners approved an amended ordinance Tuesday allowing the sale, service and consumption of alcoholic beverages on county park properties to include JetBlue Park.

During the public hearing, commissioners amended a 2006 ordinance which limited the sale, service and consumption of alcohol to certain parks in the county. Under the new ordinance, commissioners will permit alcohol use based on a agreed upon contract approved by the board, allowing "long term" sale of alcoholic beverages at several county locations.

The new provisions allow for consistency in all county parks, allowing alcohol sales by the contractors of the park facilities, said Chairman Frank Mann.

County parks affected by the "long term" sale of alcohol include JetBlue Park, City of Palms Stadium, Lee County Sports Complex, Terry Park and the Lee County Civic Center.

Also included in the ordinance is the ability for the County Manager to approve the use of alcohol for "short term" events at Lee County Parks throughout the year, including events at the Lee County Fairgrounds.

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