Airport to hear about liquor license soon

MARTINSBURG — The Altoona-Blair County Airport Authority’s pursuit of a liquor license is expected to be answered soon.

The application for the state-issued license was submitted on Sept. 23, and the review period is generally 30 to 60 days. Based on that time frame, airport Manager Tracy Plessinger said the license might be available as early as the end of this month or next month.

Airport solicitor David Pertile, who prepared the application, said he thinks the process has gone well.

“The (state) agent has done all of the local review,” Pertile told the authority. “Hopefully, the next thing that we will hear is that the license has been issued.”

Airport authority members have endorsed the pursuit of a liquor license for use by the restaurant operator. Over the years, the airport’s restaurant has had several operators who have struggled to stay in business and closed.

The current operator, La Fiesta, opened in April and specializes in Mexican food. It allows patrons to bring in their own liquor for consumption with food. That will not be allowed if the liquor license is granted.

It seems to be doing well, Plessinger said, so getting a liquor license could be the icing on the cake.

To seek a liquor license for use in the restaurant, petitions were circulated in North Woodbury Township, asking local residents for signatures in support of putting the question on the May primary ballot. Alcohol sales are still banned in the rest of the township.

The results from the primary showed 244 votes in favor and 204 against.

Following that decision, Pertile began preparing the application for a license that he filed with the state Liquor Control Board.

A sign is now posted on the airport terminal’s door, indicating the facility is seeking a license.

Authority Chairman Drew Swope said he is hoping the airport gets some good news soon.

“I think it’s going to be a bright spot for us,” he said.


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