Fort Langley has suffered enough financially since fire destroyed its only grocery store, and any enterprise that brings in business should be supported, Township council was told on Monday.
Jasmine Marjanovic, who runs a business in the village, was one of three speakers to tell council that they support Thunderbird Show Park’s bid for an “event-driven” liquor licence.
Thunderbird’s application to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch requires council backing, which it received.
Marjanovic said that Thunderbird Show Park brings a lot of business to Fort Langley and after the IGA burned down, the village needs it.
Brookswood business owner Ella Little told council that for 10 years she has held an event at the show park, the operators of which “are nothing but wonderful to work with.”
Thunderbird is an equestrian show jumping facility at 24550 72 Ave. The 85-acre show park hosts seven major hunter/show tournaments a year, including two World Cup competitions.
If approved by the provincial licensing authority, Thunderbird will be allowed to serve alcohol in an indoor facility with a capacity of 16 patrons, and two outdoor areas for 73 and for 300 people respectively
The licence is for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week during the show season, April to October.
In its letter of intent, Thunderbird wrote that it puts extensive effort and investment into hospitality and guest services so that it can compete with Spruce Meadows in Calgary, and the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida.
“The thousands of people passing through our gates also frequent local shops, restaurants and hotels, providing a substantial positive impact to the local economy,” the letter stated.
It further noted that out of respect for neighbours and the community, liquor licence hours will not go beyond 9:30 p.m.
A letter from the RCMP indicated that police do not object to the licence.