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Lowndes ordinance limits alcohol consumption

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LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

A new alcohol ordinance is now in effect in unincorporated parts of Lowndes County. It outlaws brown bagging.

Forcing any business that wants to allow customers to drink to get an alcohol license.

If you're drinking alcohol in Lowndes County you may want to make sure the establishment has a liquor license. The new brown bagging ordinance only allows people to drink alcohol at events and businesses that have a liquor license.

"Prior to the establishment of the brown bag ordinance, establishments could allow people to bring in their own alcohol," said Paige Dukes, Lowndes County Clerk.

And now drinking alcohol is not allowed in public areas unless the event is private or for a charitable organization.

According to the ordinance if you are caught brown bagging you may be cited up to $1,000 or up to six months in jail.

The ordinance also means you can't hang out in a bar parking lot, drinking a beer you bought at a gas station. Sid Williams own a bar in Lowndes County and says he's glad he won't have to clean up the beer bottles in the bar parking lot.

"You ain't gotta worry about a beer bottle on your driveway, I shouldn't have to pick up the parking lot too much more, because if they get caught doing it from what I understand it's a $1,000 fine," said Williams.

Dukes says one reason the commissioners adopted the ordinance was because potential businesses were asking to allow customers to bring in their own alcohol so the business didn't have to purchase a liquor license.

"The commissioners felt it was important to go ahead and address this before there were people who invested money into opening new businesses or restaurants that might hope to allow brown bagging," said Dukes. 

Williams says the ordinance is for the best.

"It's going to clean up a lot of things, it's going to hurt a lot of people, make some people mad, but it is what it is and they are going to do what they want to do, and we just follow the rules," said Williams.  

And alcohol sales in the county must end at 2 a.m. 

The ordinance went into effect last week.

To view the ordinance CLICK HERE.

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