The management firm of the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds was recently given permission to sell alcohol at the county-owned facility.
Kelvin Moore, general manager of the fairgrounds, said Global Spectrum has been managing alcohol sales per an agreement with the county since Jan. 1, even though the paperwork to make it official was passed just last week at a Nov. 27 meeting.
No exact figure was given on alcohol sales at the fairgrounds thus far, but Moore said any revenue generated by those sales was put into an account for the county.
"The county cannot technically receive alcohol-related revenue, so any funds generated from the sale of alcohol are used to pay for alcohol and to help offset any management fees," Moore said.
The Nueces County Junior Livestock Show approved a new deal with Global Spectrum that would allow alcohol to be sold only during Kick-off Weekend events in January. The move was aimed at helping the livestock show offset some of the rental costs for this year's youth event.