Chilly day for first day of Six Flags beer sales

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Saturday was the initial day of beer sales at Six Flags Over Texas, but with cold, gusty winds and temperatures hovering in the 40s much of the day, many opted instead for hot coffee or cocoa.

Across the street, Hurricane Harbor customers can purchase beer when the water park opens for the season on May 16.

The two parks received a mixed-beverage permit Tuesday when the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission ruled an opponent of the beer sales wouldn't get another hearing, said agency spokeswoman Carolyn Beck.

Despite the permission to sell liquor, the parks said they plan to sell only beer. A 16-ounce cup sells for $5.99.

Six Flag park-goers have to drink in the designated spots and can't roam with beers in hand.

The park also will halt alcohol sales on days set aside for students, such as Physics Day and Math and Science Day.

Opponents of the alcohol sales say beer shouldn't be sold at a place geared toward the youth market. They also think increasing the availability of alcohol could worsen the risk of drunken driving accidents.