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Liquor by the drink referendum on Sylvester ballot

Voters in Sylvester will soon cast their ballots on a liquor by drink referendum. Voters in Sylvester will soon cast their ballots on a liquor by drink referendum.
Sylvester City Hall Sylvester City Hall
City council member Larry Johnson City council member Larry Johnson
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

Voters in Sylvester will soon cast their ballots on a liquor by the drink referendum.

This is the first year liquor by the drink has been presented on the ballot.

City council member Larry Johnson said that adding liquor to the menu could help their local restaurants compete with neighboring cities.

Some city leaders believe that their restriction on liquor is preventing them from attracting new tourists and industries into the city.

Johnson said many residents are driving to cities such as Albany, Moultrie, and Tifton to drink liquor, which is negatively impacting their local businesses.

He added that the city's population is not enough to attract bigger restaurants to Sylvester, so allowing liquor sales would help.

“If you get a class one restaurant, you'll bring in tourism. You'll bring in everything,” said Johnson.  “It starts there.  Tourism.  If people come into your town, they'll know what you have to offer.”

Johnson said that in the past, they've had low voter turnout, so he is hoping to bring awareness of the referendum to more people before this November.

He tells residents to come out to the polls November 3rd if they want to see a change in the city.

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