Atlanta Residents Will Soon Pop Bottles On Sundays
Matt | On 09, Nov 2011
Elections can be fun if you have the right issues on the ballot.
In metro Atlanta, Georgia, several individual municipalities voted on whether to allow Sunday liquor sales. From the looks of the returns, people in the Atlanta area have a lot of pent up liquor they need to consume on Sundays.
In the city of Atlanta, for instance, residents voted 82-18 percent in favor of selling liquor on Sundays. In neighboring Decatur, the returns came in at a whopping 91 percent of people in favor of it. Of the 34 Atlanta-area municipalities with completed returns, 33 of them have approved Sunday liquor sales.
This is quite important to Atlanta area people as the state has been historically dry on Sundays. It wasn’t until earlier this year that the Georgia General Assembly paved the way for liquor sales on the Sabbath. The catch was that it wasn’t a statewide initiative, but rather one that required the vote of individual communities. Also, the hours of sale were reduced to please those who were against the measure — keeping a little piece of the “blue laws” in place.
In other parts of Georgia, Valdosta and Savannah also approved the same measure. More communities are expected to cast liquor votes in 2012 during the primary season.
Depending on where people live, Sunday sales can begin once the vote tallies are certified. Liquor stores will be able to sell from 12:30 – 11:00 p.m. on that day.
Welcome to the world of local governments finding new income streams in a recession!
::raises wine glass::