Roswell changes alcohol ordinance

Patrons of bars and restaurants in Roswell’s core area can now carry open containers of alcohol in public as they hopscotch from one place to another.

The Roswell City Council voted unanimously Monday night to change the city ordinance to allow for the creation of so-called “carry districts,” and designated a Canton Street district stretching from Magnolia Street north to Woodstock Road that also takes in Green Street one block to the east.

The change means that patrons can carry up to 16 ounces of purchased alcohol in a paper or plastic cup between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Businesses had supported the change and that open alcohol carrying had been occurring anyway during such events as the city’s “Alive After Five” street party events, said city spokeswoman Julie Brechbill.