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Petitioner Obtains Enough Signatures for Package Store Referendum

Russ Weaver hopes to open a package store within the city limits of Dacula.

Earlier this year, .

Weaver needed to obtain signatures from 35 percent of the city’s registered voters (approximately 900 voters) and have the signatures verified by the state in order for the issue to be put to a referendum.

According to a post by Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks on the City of Dacula website, Weaver has succeeded.

"A petition drive (not an initiative of the City Council) began in April 2012, and the petitioner for a referendum for retail package sales has collected enough registered/validated voter signatures to require a special election to determine the will of the electorate about package sales of distilled spirits within Dacula," Wilbanks wrote.

The earliest the referendum could be held is Nov. 6, 2012, Wilbanks wrote.

In an , Mayor Wilbanks explained that if voters approve the measure, several steps would have to be taken before a package store could open within the city limits. The city’s alcohol ordinance would first have to be revised. The city would then begin the process of vetting applications, approving licensees and submitting required paperwork to the state. At a minimum, a petitioner would then have to go through the development permit/building permit process, apply for an occupational tax certificate and pass subsequent inspections required for the issuance of an occupational tax certificate, Wilbanks indicated. 

Are you glad the question of whether or not a package store should be allowed within the city limits will be put before the voters? Would you like to see a package store built in Dacula? Let us know in the comments.

gboe August 26, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Absolutely! About time we had something within a decent driving distance!
Tom August 26, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I personally have no interest either way on the package goods store but I don't think the store should be blocked just because of old, outdated, alcohol laws. Time for Georgia (Gwinnett / Dacula) to get out from behind the church and step into the 21st century.
Kristi Reed (Editor) August 26, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I just think it is great that the voters will get to decide this. Dacula voters easily passed Sunday package sales and Sunday liquor by the drink sales last November. It will be interesting to see if they are ready to allow package stores as well.
Lenee August 26, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Absolutely...Nice to see we are getting with the times. It will be nice to run up the road instead of driving across town when we have a need for something.
amy vance August 26, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Absolutely... the subsequent tax revenue for this city will be a great advantage!
Eileen m. Howe August 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I am not against a package store in Dacula. I am against the building of another store in the city limits. There are plenty of spaces that could accommodate this business. I didn't sign their petition because he intends to construct a new building, Eileen
American Patriot August 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I am for it. It needs to be done smart. Limit the number of licenses and their locations. I know it would be convenient to put one near the Kroger or Publix. I believe those areas can stand on their own. Might I suggest putting one behind Friends in the old Day after Day Cafe. That area needs major help and then put one on Harbins Rd on the other side of 316.
Elizabeth August 27, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Harbins Road "the other side of 316" does not want a liquor store any more than we want a Family Dollar Store, thank you very much.
Vicki Wood January 31, 2013 at 02:04 AM
I agree think the shopping center that is struggling with tenants Day after Day Cafe would be a great spot for it.

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