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Some say lounge is too close to church

May 10, 2006

Albany -- The location of the new Boxer's Restaurant and Lounge in Albany has neighbors trying to stop the business from opening. That's because the business serves liquor, and it's right next door to Porterfield United Methodist Church.

The city marshal's office measured the distance between the two establishments and ruled the lounge is in compliance with the law. But church members say the city isn't following the law because there is a school on church property.

Georgia law says liquor can't be served within 200 feet of school grounds, and the parking lot is closer to the restaurant than that.

"There will be people drinking. There will be preschool children getting within this distance possibly. At night we'll have youth activities at the church and this going to be a nightclub," said Roger Marietta.

"He hasn't given us a chance to be a good citizen and a good neighbor. We employ a lot of people, support a lot of families and do a lot of good works," said Darlene Slaymaker.

Boxer's owner says the business obtained a legal liquor license and plans to open as scheduled.

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