City council votes to bring social district to Kinston, request now headed to ABC Commission

KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) -People in another Eastern Carolina city will soon be allowed to consume an alcoholic beverage within a designated area once a social district is officially in place.

Kinston City Council met to discuss and vote on final details within the proposed social district Tuesday afternoon.

The council made a unanimous final vote in favor of the social district ordinance that they plan have in place Monday-Sunday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.

The social district will be within a designated six-block area of downtown.

Kinston Mayor Pro Tem Antonio Hardy says they’re aiming for a July 3rd launch date for the social district, which would be just in time for the city’s Fourth of July celebration.

“Fourth of July is the best time of year that’s when the excitement happens,” Hardy said. “We’re excited about having this signed, hopefully we get it passed by ABC. Fourth of July bang, we’re kicking it off.”

The city must now submit the proposed social district request to the ABC Commission for the final approval.

The city says once the social district is approved, they’ll begin putting up signage to alert people about where the designated area is.

Once approved, Kinston will also join other cities in the east like Greenville and Washington that have a social district in place.