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City Council moves toward elimination of bar-church distance rule downtown
Unanimous on first reading; Riggs says he doesn't know how he'll vote on final action
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During the Tuesday, March 5, 2024, Statesboro City Council meeting, District 4 Councilmember John Riggs, right, and District 5 Councilmember Shari Barr take part in the discussion of an ordinance amendment that, if approved, will eliminate the 100-yard distance requirement between bars and churches or educational buildings in a defined area of downtown. The council could still decline to license specific locations. (AL HACKLE/staff)
In recent years, old storefronts in downtown Statesboro have a tendency to morph into churches or drinking establishments, but the city's Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance generally prohibits issuing a pouring license within 100 yards of a church.
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