Have you ever been chilling at a Michigan water park or resort and told yourself the only thing that could make the experience better would be a nice cocktail or beer?
Good news for you, then.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Tuesday that would legalize so-called swim-up bars at public pools and water parks. The bill package also legalizes 17-year-olds to serve alcohol in bars and restaurants. Previously, servers had to be 18.
The Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth was among those businesses supporting the change in state liquor laws.
“This will enable hospitality business operators the opportunity to provide a new experience for their guests which will boost the Michigan tourism industry,” the Bavarian Inn's Michael Keller Zehnder said.
The new swim-up bar rules allow hotels, parks, schools or resorts offering pool access to seek a $350 annual permit from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to serve alcohol and food in pools if they're served in plastic, non-breakable containers.
The law also requires swim-up bars to have a lifeguard on duty (duh) and some sort of splash guard to protect the bottles and food from pool water.