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New Bern business owners circulating petition to revive discussion of social district downtown

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Greenville’s social districts opened two weeks ago, and the Washington city council has approved one as well. The City of New Bern tabled a similar idea earlier this year, but now a group of local business owners are circulating a petition to revive the discussion.

Greenville’s social districts opened two weeks ago, and the Washington city council has approved one as well. The City of New Bern tabled a similar idea earlier this year, but now a group of local business owners are circulating a petition to revive the discussion.

The districts allow customers to walk around the defined area while drinking alcoholic beverages.

The petition to make a social district has nearly 250 signatures from community members including several downtown stores and restaurants.

Two public forums were held to discuss the idea of social districts in the spring, and some community members had concerns about things like trash and public drunkenness.

Director of the Craven County Tourism Development Authority Melissa Riggle told NewsChannel 12 that her group took those concerns to the city, and law enforcement is working to increase its presence and more trash cans will be installed in the area.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.