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Liquor by the drink will boost businesses in Sylvester

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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

Some city leaders in Sylvester believe that their restrictions on alcohol are preventing them from attracting new restaurants to the city. One city council member says it time to change that by allowing liquor by the drink.

Folks in Sylvester can drink just about anything they want in restaurants, except hard liquor. There are no liquor stores in the city and establishments are limited on what they can sell.

"So that's what I want. Something better for our city. So we can move into the 21st Century," said Councilman Larry Johnson.

Larry Johnson says its 20 miles in each direction to get something more than an ordinary drink. Which is why he's proposing a possible referendum for restaurants and bars to sell liquor by the drink.

Right now, restaurants can only sell beer and wine, but the liquor by the drink will stop people from going to other cities," said Larry Johnson.

Johnson says he'd rather have people spend their money right here in the city.

"Take Albany, they doing it. People from Sylvester go to Albany and Moultrie and do the same thing. So I want them to be able to do it here in Sylvester," said Larry Johnson.

Johnson says many businesses have expressed interest in selling liquor by the drink and not having it at all is impacting locally owned businesses.

"Right now they serve beer and wine, but the hard liquor no and that hurt them also. So we want to provide that for our restaurants," said Larry Johnson.

Johnson says this proposal is not about revenue, but it could help give the city an economic boost.

"Well that's the problem. We won't be able to get a big chain restaurant," said Larry Johnson.

Not only could this attract big chain restaurants, but also residents who continue to dine outside of Sylvester.

The city of Sylvester plans to hold a public hearing on liquor by the drink in the future. Larry Johnson hopes to have this proposal on the November ballot.

 

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