A prohibition against anyone below 21 years old from dining in an alcohol-serving restaurant after
There is an almost complete certainty the "
"What form that takes, that will somewhat depend on what we hear from you," Brandon said.
Brandon's comments came at the start of the second meeting Tuesday at the
The news was welcomed, although many of the business owners, in addition to one college student, said they would like to see the city go a step further and reverse an existing prohibition against "minors" under 21 from entering bars that feature live music and other entertainment venues that serve alcohol.
"If we screw up, yank that license," Coles said.
One license that is being proposed, which would be required to operate alcohol selling establishments after midnight, was deemed too costly and burdensome. The license, which would cost
The license would impact more businesses, even if they do not provide entertainment, said
"This proposal is far too broad," Vaquer said.
Some owners said they were already paying to support police services with current license fees.
There were differing opinions within the industry on some of the proposals, such as the elimination of a requirement that servers obtain bar cards from the city.
Some saw the bar cards as a way to obtain quality employees, while others thought of it as a burden the city couldn't keep up with. The purpose of the cards was also questioned due to the fact no servers have had their cards taken by Chatham County Recorder's Court for a violation, according to city officials.
Training requirements would be kept in place, however, with the responsibility on the business owner to make sure employees comply and that certification is available upon request.
Some owners took issue with current laws not being enforced.
"There are no repercussions for the kids," Curry said. "My bartenders are the ones that are going to face the bullet."
Business owners were not the only ones taking interest in the proposed changes.
A couple of residents spoke out against the proposed expansion to
"Just because people are doing it doesn't mean you capitulate," Rosenwald said.
Brandon said that the meetings on Tuesday were the beginning of a process to evaluate the ordinance, which will also include drop-in sessions on
Revisions are expected to be made as a result of the feedback, Brandon said.
"There is no timeline," he said. "We do this until we have something that makes the community better."
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