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Friday, February 04, 2011

Snellville to explore sales of alcohol at events

Snellville to consider allowing alcohol consumption in a limited way at certain city events. Called a "Special Events Ordinance," the proposal will be presented to council during the February 14 Snellville city council meeting.

Among the regulations in the proposal -- Alcohol vendors could only serve alcohol in plastic or paper cups, no more than 12 ounces per serving, 2 servings sold per person, and vendors would pay $2,000 to the city for the ability to serve alcohol within a certain pre-designated area (and only vendors who have a license to serve alcohol would be able to participate).
Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer said he believes the new proposal once again would level the economic playing field while attracting a younger crowd to the Gwinnett County community of 20,000. That younger crowd is key to ongoing efforts to build a new downtown catering to the next generation of city dwellers, he said.

"I don't want to get portrayed that we're going to open the town to honky-tonks and nightclubs and Las Vegas and stuff," Oberholtzer said. "What we see has worked other places, and that's why we want to bring it to Snellville. It's an arms race for the entertainment dollar."              From: Snellville explores "beer garden" proposal, AJC 
 You can see the Special Events Ordinance here (pdf)

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