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Alcohol sales begin Sunday in Gainesville
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  • The Gainesville City Council also voted to amend its alcoholic beverages ordinance to clarify regulations for license holders and repeal conflicting ordinances.
  • A modified solid waste ordinance, which includes regulation on disposing of needles, broken glass and pointed objects, was approved. Sharp objects, the ordinance said, must now be placed in a “rigid, puncture resistant and leakproof” container before being placed in a garbage bag for residential disposal. City officials said the change is meant to protect city trash collectors.

Gainesville City Council pulled the cork Tuesday night to open Sunday alcohol sales for city businesses.

This Sunday will be the first chance for shoppers to buy beer and wine from grocery and conveniences stores and liquor from liquor stores on Sundays.

After Gainesville voters approved allowing Sunday sales in the November election, council gave its final approval to revise the city's alcohol ordinance at its meeting Tuesday night.

Council members voted 4-1 in favor of adopting what 69 percent of voters had approved.

Council member George Wangemann, who has consistently opposed Sunday sales, voted against the change.

In a previous statement to The Times, Wangemann said he was voting to represent the 31 percent who opposed the change.

The new ordinance will allow for the sale of alcoholic beverages from 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sundays. Sales of beer and wine currently are allowed from 7 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.


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