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Council licenses bar under new process
Despite some history, only condition is 21-and-over
city bar license
Aspiring bar owner Justin Clements and his attorney, Jay Dell, right, face Statesboro City Council. - photo by AL HACKLE/Staff
After a couple of months dry of alcohol issues, City Council granted the first all-new bar license Tuesday using the hearing process required by Statesboro’s new ordinance. Under the city’s previous alcohol ordinance, the city clerk issued the licenses automatically to applicants who met basic requirements – such as not having recent felony records – and paid the fees. But the new ordinance, most parts of which took effect July 1, requires City Council to hold a hearing and decide whether to grant a license outright, deny it or grant it with conditions.
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