Should Oakwood bump alcohol sales an hour and a half earlier on Sundays? Voters will decide this fall after a city council vote on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
A resolution placing the question on the November general election ballot — whether Oakwood will allow restaurants to sell alcohol beginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays instead of the current 12:30 p.m. — breezed through an Oakwood City Council work session on Tuesday.
There won’t be a special election for Oakwood. Instead, the question will appear on Hall County ballots at Oakwood precincts during the general election.
The ballots will read: “Shall the governing authority of (name of municipality or county) be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.?”
Oakwood’s vote will be one of a handful taking place this fall: Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Hall County are offering their residents the chance to decide the question.
The votes are the result of a change in state law passed this year that allows earlier alcohol sales in Georgia only if approved by local voters. The local option was a compromise reached this year after earlier attempts at a “brunch bill” failed in the Georgia General Assembly.
The law has been sought by restaurants in the state who hope to catch a larger brunch crowd on Sundays. Likewise, the local brunch bill votes will come as Hall County experiences renewed population growth and a housing, especially in the southern cities of Flowery Branch and Oakwood.
Georgia’s fall general election is set for Nov. 6.