As CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart notes, persistence has paid off for City Councilman Michael DeFilippo’s quest for a booze zoning change.
He had to win three–Democratic primaries between last September and this April before finally being elected to help represent the North End on the City Council.
And two-and-a-half years after a Superior Court Judge shuttered Vitro’s, DeFilippo’s package store, DeFilippo on Monday won a lengthy battle to change Bridgeport’s booze laws, paving the way for his business to reopen.
Specifically, the zoning commission voted to revise the rules for opening a new liquor store, including putting in place more detailed criteria for applicants to meet. But commission members also halved the required 1,500 foot distance from schools, day care facilities, hospitals and houses of worship to 750 feet–the specific change DeFilippo spent months and months pursuing.
“My client is absolutely ecstatic,” DeFilippo’s attorney, Charles Willinger, said Tuesday. “And we intend to immediately apply for a certificate of approval of location in order to reopen his package store.”
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