Suwannee Democrat


January 15, 2014

Live Oak mayor signs alcohol ordinance

4th attempt becomes law

Live Oak —

Following the fourth attempt to pass an alcohol ordinance, Live Oak Mayor Sonny Nobles signed off on Ordinance 1348, which became law effective immediately. The Live Oak City Council passed the second and final reading of Ordinance 1348 with a 3-2 vote at their meeting in December. Council President Adam Prins and council member Bennie Thomas voted against. 

The ordinance that passed

According to Live Oak Development Manager George Curtis, the ordinance which was adopted provides that times for sales and consumption be the same as they were prior, until midnight Monday thru Friday, with those establishments which are licensed for consumption to be allowed an extra 30 minutes past midnight for consumption to stop, and all establishments must stop all sales and consumption on Saturday night at midnight with no extra 30 minutes. 

Curtis said full-service restaurants which have been approved continue to have extended hours Monday thru Saturday and also limited hours on Sunday, which begin at 1 p.m. and end at 10:30 p.m. for sales and 11 p.m. for consumption.

Distance requirements were increased from 100 feet to residential properties to 250 feet and also liquor package stores are bound by new separation requirements of 500 feet to a church, school or another liquor store, as well as 250 feet to a residential property, Curtis said.

“Otherwise, the entire chapter was reorganized with more clear and concise language, better definitions, prohibition of bottle clubs and standards which are more descriptive pertaining to prohibiting the conversion of a use from one type of establishment to another,” Curtis said.    

Here’s a look at how we got here.

Round 1

In December of 2012, Curtis was tasked with drafting an alcohol ordinance that would mimic the county’s ordinance passed on Nov. 20, 2012, to extend the hours of alcoholic sales from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Saturday, including hard liquor. 

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