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Dawsonville may reconsider Sunday alcohol referendum
Officials in Forsyth County, Cumming and Gainesville may hold referendum in November
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DAWSONVILLE — At least two Dawsonville officials are feeling heartburn over an item discussed at the May 2 City Council meeting.

Mayor Joe Lane Cox said despite the council's initial decision to refrain from letting residents vote on whether to allow stores to sell alcohol on Sundays, the city could change course.

"I think maybe it's something we better take another look at (next month)," Cox said Monday.

Mayor Pro-Tem James Grogan agreed.

"That meeting didn't go the way I wanted it to," Grogan said. "That's four people deciding for the rest of the people. ... This is something where I think they need the opportunity to decide for themselves."

Officials in neighboring Forsyth County, as well as the city of Cumming, have indicated they may hold a referendum on the matter in November. The city of Gainesville has done the same.

A bill signed by Gov. Nathan Deal last month allows local governments to decide whether to ask voters if they want Sunday alcohol sales at grocery and convenience stores.

At the May 2 City Council meeting, all four councilmen said they would not be in favor of such a code change.

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