City of Savannah will hold two public presentations next week to present
proposed changes to the City's Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance.
public can attend one of two presentations, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., on Tuesday,
Sept. 2, in the Bryan Room of the Savannah Civic Center. Major revisions
will be outlined, questions can be asked and feedback will be solicited.
follow-up drop-in sessions will be held from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 18, in the Bryan Room of the Civic Center. During these sessions, the
public will have time to ask questions one-on-one with staff.
to these meetings were sent to all alcohol license holders. Further sessions
will be held following these meetings before the proposal is submitted to City
Council for action.
proposed comprehensive revisions to the Alcohol Ordinance, the first since
1998, were drafted by a multi-departmental City team including representative
from Police, Fire, the Revenue Department, Management Services and the City
The changes attempt to keep pace with innovation in the
business community while providing more enforcement options and doing more to
increase public safety and prevent minors from illegally consuming alcohol.
creation of distinct categories of license holders. Currently, a business
seeking an alcohol license can only be considered either a bar or a restaurant.
of the hybrid license in favor of a late-night permit that would apply to all
license holders after midnight
of bar cards in favor of mandatory training and record keeping on the part of
protections to prevent minors from coming into contact with alcohol
of home brewers, caterers, and brew pubs
requirements for bars/clubs of a certain size on the weekends
of the boundary for to-go cups to include Forsyth Park
for monetary penalties for offenses
The draft Alcohol
Ordinance, along with a special FAQ section on the changes and a form to
provide comments, is available at savannahga.gov/alcohol