Laguna Beach : Gas-Station Liquor Curb Gains Ground

Laguna Beach took a step toward joining other Orange County cities that are attempting to curb drunken driving by controlling where alcohol can be sold with the City Council’s tentative approval of an ordinance that would ban alcohol sales at gasoline stations.

In a unanimous vote last week, the five-member council endorsed a first reading of the law, which would also change the city codes defining service stations to eliminate possible loopholes.

The proposed ordinance will come before the council for a final vote Oct. 1 and, if approved, will take effect 30 days later.

San Juan Capistrano has also adopted an ordinance prohibiting concurrent sale of alcohol and gasoline, and several other Orange County cities, including Fullerton, Huntington Beach and Anaheim, are considering similar measures.