Ravenswood OKs 'beer gardens' for special events

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RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. - City leaders in Ravenswood are hoping that their approval of what some call "beer gardens" can help them attract bigger events and bigger crowds into the Jackson County community.

After a public hearing about the topic during Wednesday night's city council meeting, council members gave final approval to the second reading of the proposal. It will allow alcohol to be sold in a contained area during big events at city parks and other venues.

Before alcohol can be sold, event organizers would have to get proper approval and licensing from the city council.

Council members Wednesday night also discussed ideas on how City Hall can be updated.

Mayor Josh Miller believes that improvements to city infrastructure could help with economic development.

Miller tells WSAZ that the plans for city hall are still in the very early stages of discussion.