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November 16, 2013

Live Oak City Council: 4th alcohol ordinance attempt passes first reading

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The Live Oak City Council began its fourth attempt of passing an alcohol ordinance Tuesday night when President Adam Prins presented Ordinance 1348, amending the the hours for sale and consumption of alcohol. The ordinance passed the first reading 3-2, Councilors Jacob Grantham and Keith Mixon voting against. 

If passed, the ordinance would allow alcoholic beverage sales or package sales for off premise consumption from 7 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Bars will be permitted to sell alcohol from 7 a.m. to midnight, Monday-Friday, and 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. Non full-service restaurants will be allowed to sell alcohol 7 a.m. to midnight, Monday-Friday, and 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Full-service restaurants will be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages from 7 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. the following day, Monday-Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

If New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday, businesses prohibited from selling on Sunday may be open and may sell, serve or allow consumption of alcohol, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 2 a.m., the following day; and full-service restaurants may extend their hours until 2 am. the following day.

The second and final reading will be held at their next regular monthly meeting on Dec. 10. Should Mayor Sonny Nobles decide to sign the ordinance, it will become city law. If he doesn’t sign it and fails to present objections to the council by their next regular meeting, it will, by default, become city law. If Nobles does not approve and presents objections to the council, the passing of the ordinance could die. Should the council decide to override the mayor’s decision, four out of five councilmen would have to vote in favor of overriding him. 

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