[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Groton 4-23-1974 by Art. 21. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 11-20-1989 STM, Art. 7; 4-29-1996 ATM, Art. 11; 4-30-2012 Art. 26]
No person shall possess an open container of any alcoholic beverage, as defined in MGL C. 138, § 1, while on, in or upon a) any public way or any way to which the public has a right of access; or b) any public common, park or playground; or c) any place to which members of the public have access as invitees or licensees without consent of the owner or person in control of such land or place; or d) any private land or place without consent of the owner or person in control of such land or place. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the sale of alcoholic beverages by a duly licensed vendor which is expressly authorized by the Town within the function hall and the adjacent pavilion of the Groton Country Club. The Board of Selectmen may grant a permit, subject to applicable laws and the regulations of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, for the sale and/or consumption of wine or malt beverages at a farmers' market type event conducted on Town-owned property.
All alcoholic beverages being used in violation of this chapter shall be seized and safely held until final adjudication of the charge against the person or persons arrested or summoned before the court, at which time they shall be returned to the person entitled to lawful possession.
Whoever violates this chapter shall be punished by a fine of $50 for the first offense and $100 for a second or subsequent offense.
[Amended 4-29-1996 ATM, Art. 11]