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Swim-up bars, 17-year-old alcohol servers expand Michigan drinking options

June 15, 2022, 8:54 AM

Have you ever been chilling at a Michigan water park or resort and told yourself the only thing that could make the experience better would be a nice cocktail or beer? 

This is not Michigan, granted, but you get the idea. (Photo: Pixabay)

Good news for you, then. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Tuesday that would legalize so-called swim-up bars at public pools and water parks. The bill package also legalizes 17-year-olds to serve alcohol in bars and restaurants. Previously, servers had to be 18. 

The Detroit News reports:

The Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth was among those businesses supporting the change in state liquor laws.

“This will enable hospitality business operators the opportunity to provide a new experience for their guests which will boost the Michigan tourism industry,” the Bavarian Inn's Michael Keller Zehnder said.

The new swim-up bar rules allow hotels, parks, schools or resorts offering pool access to seek a $350 annual permit from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to serve alcohol and food in pools if they're served in plastic, non-breakable containers.

The law also requires swim-up bars to have a lifeguard on duty (duh) and some sort of splash guard to protect the bottles and food from pool water. 

Read more:  The Detroit News

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