City County considers alcohol changes

Written by  Wednesday, 05 March 2014 13:03

  Drive-through sale of alcoholic beverages and a moratorium on alcohol license applications were among the items of most interest at Tuesday Statesboro City Council meeting.


  One measure would allow stores with drive-thru windows, including convenience stores, drug stores and others, to sell beer and wine through that window.  However council decided to table the matter pending further discussion. 


  Prompted by recent violent fatal incidents at two local night clubs, the city council unanimously approved a six month moratorium on the acceptance, issuance, and processing of alcohol license applications for locations where a previously licensed  premises was determined by a court to be a public nuisance.   City attorney Alvin Leapheart said this will allow the council time to make changes in the alcohol ordinance to prevent other clubs opening soon after those shut down by the court.


  Last November court orders shut down both the Platinum Lounge and Primetime Lounge following violence in which weapons were fired that resulted in the death of a person at each of the clubs.  In January Primetime’s business license was revoked after falsehoods in its application were found.




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