In less than two weeks, retailers within the city of Dacula will be able to sell beer and wine on Sundays and restaurants will be able to serve liquor by the drink on Sundays as well.
If approved by council, the city’s amended alcohol ordinances will go into effect next week with Dec. 11 being the first Sunday on which sales are allowed.
Last month, Dacula voters passed the Sunday package sales referendum by a 201 to 111 margin. The measure will allow sales of alcohol in grocery and convenience stores on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Voters also passed Sunday sales of liquor by the drink by an overwhelming margin -- 198 to 115. Under the amended ordinance, Sunday restaurant sales of distilled spirits will be allowed between 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
The council will meet Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. to vote on the amended ordinances. If council chooses to do so, the new regulations could go into effect this week.
Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks expressed his support for quickly enacting the changes.
“I would recommend we do it sooner than later. Go ahead and get it done since people voted overwhelmingly for it,” Wilbanks said.
The council will also vote on an amended alcohol fee permit schedule, which will bring the city’s fee schedule more in line with what the county currently charges. The amended fee schedule increases the city’s current fees and also includes additional fees for Sunday sales permits. The new fees will most likely go into effect in 2013.