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Alderman: Sunday liquor laws could hurt St. Patty's celebrations


Some Savannah city council members are concerned that the Sunday liquor sales law is having a negative effect on the bars and ultimately could affect our St. Patrick's day celebrations.

St. Patrick's day falls on a Monday in 2014, but the celebrating and partying will definitely start before that, including  on Sunday.

The concern brought up in the council workshop is that most of the bars will not be able to open for any of the festivities on Sunday.

The council discussed important issues they want lawmakers to bring up in the upcoming legislative session next month. One item introduced by Alderman Van Johnson, a request to change the state law on sunday liquor sales. Johson believes allowing stores to sell liquore by the bottle but not a bar to sell a drink is hurt the downtown bars.

Some of the Aldermen thought it should be up to each city or town to decide whether to allow exceptions to the law.  Some alerdmen say it could eventually have a very negative impact on the upcoming St. Patrick's Day festival celebrations.

"St. Patrick's weekend has a tremendous economic impact to the city," said Alderman Tony Thomas."A lot of that is the festive atmosphere and the partying and there could be a large amount of dollars that are lost so this is a very important decision if we're able to work with them to do something."

The city's legal council is working on some of the potential options to bring back to the table for the next workshop.

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