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City Council to decide scope of alcohol sales

Posted: June 27, 2012 - 2:42pm


COLUMBIA — North Augusta City Council members will consider two choices at its July 2 meeting about which proposal to place on the November ballot, both aimed at loosening the city’s Sunday alcohol restrictions.

Both choices would allow restaurant patrons to consume beer, wine and liquor on Sunday. A second option, which the mayor instructed the city attorney to present to city council, goes further.

Under that broader option, retail establishments, such as convenience stores and liquor stores that maintain a separate section strictly for beer and wine, would be able to sell beer and wine on Sunday.

Current law allows vendors to sell beer and wine on weekdays and on Saturday in convenience stores and in the separate-entrance section that some liquor stores operate. But if city council and then ultimately voters approve the broader proposal, the change would mean those liquor-store offshoots could open on Sunday to sell beer and wine.

North Augusta city administrator Todd Glover said city council is expected to select one of two options to place on the November ballot at the July 2 meeting. The decision over which option to place before voters must be made by the Aug. 15 deadline for it to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

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