Grovetown panel OKs Sunday alcohol sales

Sales could begin as early as this Sunday

 

Sunday package alcohol sales in the city of Grovetown could start as early as this Sunday, now that City Council has revised its ordinance to allow it.

Council members gave final approval to the change in the law Monday, implementing the referendum approved by city voters in November.

The law takes effect immediately, said City Attorney Brendan Fleming.

Georgia’s Legislature enacted the local-option statute this past spring, allowing cities and counties around the state to hold referendums on the Sunday sales issue.

Nearly 65 percent of Grovetown voters approved the referendum, and Monday’s vote means Grovetown, for now, will be Augusta’s closest Georgia city allowing Sunday package sales. Augusta officials have said they expect to hold a similar referendum in March; Columbia County officials have not yet scheduled a vote.

The law restricts sales to between 12:30 and 11 p.m. Sundays, and allows sales of package beer, wine and liquor in any licensed store.

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