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City of Savannah wants feedback on bar cards

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Changes to Savannah’s Alcohol Ordinance continue to be debated.

The City of Savannah realizes there are some parts of the ordinance that are not working as well as they should. The city is looking to gather feedback on the regulation of alcohol sales, we were able to speak with them a little more and business owners about their concerns.

“With the number of alcohol establishments that we have - actually there are 544 in our community - which is a pretty large number,” said Bridget Lidy, the tourism management and ambassadorship director for Savannah.

The city says minor tweaks are going to be made to the ordinance which requires for those serving alcohol to have bar cards and outlines when and where Sunday alcohol sales can happen. For now, restaurants handling 51 percent of food sales can sell alcohol to their patrons on Sundays after 12:30 p.m.

Currently, part of the ordinance is not being enforced. The part dealing with bar cards.

“Why we have the bar cards is to ensure the person who is serving the alcohol is trained accordingly and can recognize when someone has had too much to drink as well as other aspects of public safety,” Lidy said.

Some people have become very frustrated with the need to obtain a bar card. Others like the owner of The Rail Pub, Trina Brown, like the education component of the bar card but would like for there to be further conversations on the issue.

“I am in agreeance with us coming together as a team to figure out how to create a career mindset for the food and beverage culture. I am not quite convinced that the way we have it right now is the way to move forward,” Brown said.

The city is looking to make improvements that will eventually go before City Council for a vote.

“I do believe the city is in a place right now where we really need to listen to each other and blend ideas so we can have an outcome that is beneficial for those who live here and those who like to visit here,” Brown said.

The first set of meetings for feedback will be this Wednesday at the Savannah Civic Center, one meeting will be at 2 p.m. and then another will follow at 6 p.m. 

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