Two entertainment districts, allowing the carrying of open containers of alcoholic beverages, will be considered for a final vote on Jan. 22 by the Kennesaw City Council, following a 6:30 p.m. public hearing. Shown in blue, this entertainment district covers the downtown business district. (Courtesy of Kennesaw)

Kennesaw to vote Jan. 22 on open alcohol districts

Open alcohol containers may be allowed in two entertainment districts, including the downtown business district, by the Kennesaw City Council with an expected vote on Jan. 22.

The second of two public hearings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the City Council Chambers, Kennesaw City Hall, 2529 J. O. Stephenson Ave., Kennesaw.

In a Dec. 20 letter to Kennesaw business and property owners, the city’s Zoning Administrator Darryl Simmons wrote “establishments that are licensed to serve alcohol by the drink could allow patrons to carry one such beverage in a paper or plastic cup outside of the establishment on pedestrian walkways within the Entertainment District.”

  • The cup size can be no larger than 16 fluid ounces.
  • On a voluntary basis, alcoholic drinks may be removed from these establishments from 5 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to midnight on weekends.
  • It will be unlawful for any person to consume any alcoholic beverages while in the confines of a motor vehicle when the vehicle is parked on any city street, alley way or parking lot within the city.
  • Any individual who leaves the entertainment district with an alcoholic beverage in an open container is in violation of the Kennesaw Code of Ordinances and may be subject to a citation, arrest, incarceration and/or fine.
  • In cases of special events, alcoholic beverages may be consumed in open containers on parcels used as a church, day care center or school if they are in entertainment districts since the distance requirements will not apply.
  • Also during special events, coolers containing alcoholic beverages in cans or bottles for personal consumption may be brought into permitted areas within the entertainment districts.

Information: 770-424-8274, kennesaw-ga.gov/16976-2

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