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Flowery Branch is latest local government to OK this alcohol change

Flowery Branch has voted to amend its alcohol ordinance to reflect voters’ Nov. 6 wishes to start alcohol sales at restaurants earlier on Sundays.

Effective Feb. 3, sales can begin at 11 a.m. instead of 12:30 p.m., according to an ordinance approved by the Flowery Branch City Council on Thursday, Jan. 3.

The council’s final OK of the ordinance is set for Jan. 17.

Voters in Gainesville, Oakwood and unincorporated Hall County also approved allowing the earlier sales, but ordinances must be amended by local governments to reflect the change before restaurants can start serving.

Oakwood earlier OK’d an ordinance change, with earlier sales also starting Feb. 3.

Gainesville and Hall County also are eyeing the same effective date, with Gainesville City Council set to vote on the ordinance changes Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is looking to hold two public hearings on Jan. 10 and 24, voting on Jan. 24. The county also is considering a Feb. 3 start date.

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