Alcoholic beverage sales are now allowed in Oakwood on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.
Oakwood City Council erased the prohibition Monday night as part of its passage of an amended alcoholic beverage ordinance.
“We are simply trying to be consistent with the other cities that allow sales on those days and level the playing field for Oakwood businesses,” City Manager Stan Brown said.
The ordinance’s main purpose was to prohibit the sale of malt beverages, wine or distilled spirits within 250 feet of a polling place.
However, “the new language in the ordinance was drafted to not include (the holidays) in the same line with Election Day,” Brown said.
Therefore, “the new language no longer lists them as a prohibition,” he added.
At the council’s March meeting, Brown told the council, “This (ordinance) is in response to previous discussions we’ve had with surrounding communities that allow alcohol sales (on those days).”
“Making us equal with everybody in the community,” Mayor Lamar Scroggs added.
At least one Oakwood businessman said he believes opening up sales on the two holidays infringes on “family time.”
“The whole world can open up. … I can tell you right now, we’re not going to open on Christmas Day,” said Rusty Williams, co-owner of Oakwood Package off Mundy Mill Road.