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Why can they sell beer at Azalea Festival concerts at CFCC but not at UNCW?

Pressley Baird
StarNews

Cape Fear Community College’s student parking lot No. 2 in the 400 block of N. Front Street was the location for the 2013 Azalea Festival concerts. StarNews photo by Mike Spencer.

Q. The Azalea Festival concerts were moved to the CFCC parking lot for more capacity and beer sales. Why are the rules different for beer sales at CFCC and UNCW?

A. According to state law, public schools (including colleges and universities) can’t sell alcohol on campus, said Sharon Boyd, associate vice chancellor for business services. But there are a few exceptions to this rule, including one that says beer and wine can be sold on a college campus when the venue seats no more than 2,000 people. Since Trask Coliseum seats 6,100 fans, it wouldn’t be eligible to take advantage of that rule.

“At the current time, UNCW policy prohibits the sale of alcohol on its premises under all conditions,” Boyd said. “Alcohol service may be provided at catered functions, under an existing permit obtained by the university’s food service contractor.”

Nonprofit organizations with a special occasion permit can sell alcohol on a college campus, according to the state law, said David Hardin, spokesman for Cape Fear Community College, which hosted the concerts in one of its parking lots.

The N.C. Azalea Festival is run by a nonprofit organization.

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Does the Azalea Festival do all it can to be inclusive?

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