Savannah proposing 'bar cards' to monitor those who serve alcohol

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Serve alcohol to a minor in Savannah, and it soon could keep you from working as a bartender, server or even door security.

The city of Savannah is proposing to amend its alcohol ordinance to include mandatory training and registration of any bar or restaurant personnel who serve alcohol or are responsible for monitoring who can drink.

Such "bar cards" are being used in other states and Georgia cities, including Tybee Island.

Savannah's proposal also includes a three-year ban to keep anyone convicted of violating an alcohol law, including serving to a minor, from serving anywhere else in the city. Also restricted would be anyone who commits a serious criminal act while working on premises.

It comes nearly three months after the owners of Wild Wing Cafe pointed out to City Council members that the fired bartender who put the club's liquor license in peril was serving elsewhere.

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