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Swan's Island is a dry Island. The people voted in the Local Liquor Ordinance in 1987.
There have been several attempts over the years to try to change the island to a "wet" island but the original ordinance has stayed in place.

 

TOWN OF SWAN'S ISLAND
LOCAL LIQUOR ORDINANCE

No person shall consume any malt, spirits or vinous liquor within the territorial limits of Swan’s Island on the premises of any Airplane, Auditorium, Civic auditorium, Club, Dining car, Golf Club, Hotel, Incorporated civic organization, Indoor ice skating club, Indoor tennis club, Restaurant, Class A Restaurant, Retailer, Vessel, or Outdoor stadium as defined by 28 M.R.S.A. 2,8. (1986).

No owner or operator of any Airplane, Auditorium, Civic auditorium, Club, Dining car, Golf Club, Hotel, Incorporated civic organization, Indoor ice skating club, Indoor tennis club, Restaurant, Class A Restaurant, Retailer, Vessel, or Outdoor stadium shall allow or permit the consumption by any person of any malt, spirits or vinous liquor on its premises.

Any portion of the above defined premises which is used solely for sleeping accommodations or residential purposes is exempt from the provisions of this Ordinance.

“Malt liquor” shall mean all kinds and types of liquors as defined produced by the fermentation of malt, wholly or partially, or from aby substitute therefore which contains 1/2 of 1% of alcohol or more by volume.

“Spirits” shall mean liquor produced by distillation or if produced by any other process, strengthened or fortified by the addition of distilled spirits of any kind.

“Vinous” liquor shall mean wine. Wine shall mean any liquor produced by natural fermentation.

The use of any malt, spirits or vinous liquor as an ingredient to a recipe in the preparation or cooking of food is exempt from the provisions of this Ordinance.

Any violation of this Ordinance shall be a civil violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $250.00.