published Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Dalton puts Sunday alcohol sales on ballot

Javier Espitia, left, buys two packs of Coronita Extra from Jennifer Crisp, a cashier at Cox's Spirits, in Dalton, Ga.
Staff File Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Javier Espitia, left, buys two packs of Coronita Extra from Jennifer Crisp, a cashier at Cox's Spirits, in Dalton, Ga. Staff File Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press

DALTON, Ga. — The decision whether to allow Sunday retail sales of beer and wine inside the city limits will now be up to Dalton voters.

The City Council voted unanimously Monday to place it on the ballot in November.

The referendum, if approved, would allow for beer and wine to be sold between 12:30 and 11:30 p.m. Dalton currently allows liquor by the drink to be sold on Sundays.

Georgia had a ban on Sunday retail liquor sales until the General Assembly passed a bill in April to allow local governments to put the option on the ballot if they chose.

The resolution passed by the council Monday evening initially included distilled spirits, or hard liquor. But Councilwoman Denise Woods made a motion to remove distilled spirits from the referendum, which was approved.

Woods said her decision to remove the option of distilled liquor came after the city polled the eight liquor store owners in the city. Four said they did not want to be open on Sunday, three said they did and one did not respond to the question.

“No need to push it if the owners don’t even want it,” Woods said. “I think some voters may be more likely to approve wine and beer sales than hard liquor.

Woods said stores will still have the choice of not selling alcohol on Sunday if they decide not to.

about Mariann Martin...

Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...

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ann said...

we have voted against this many times and defeated it and now they are pushing it again just to make money,why can't they leave this alone,its just like the health care bill it was defeated many times but the idiots who want this keep on till they push it threw,goes to show how sorry this town and country has become over the last 10 to 20 years,i hope the good people of Dalton vote against this and i think the county should also get to vote on it since the city drinkers will be going for a ride in the county after drinking their Sunday alcohol and we county folks get run over by the drinkers

May 3, 2011 at 1:14 a.m.
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