Woodstock discusses possible alcohol district

Woodstock City Council members discussed the possibility of an outdoor alcohol entertainment district this week, but took no action.

City Economic Development Director Brian Stockton outlined the proposal, which he said is similar to measures already enacted in Roswell, Acworth and other surrounding cities and that the district would run several blocks along Main street and surrounding areas, including a strip of eateries along Chambers Street.

Stockton said the plan would allow patrons to carry alcohol outside while waiting for a restaurant table, or to move from one restaurant to another while imbibing. He said the district would be limited to establishments doing more than 50 percent of their business in food that are properly licensed.

More than one council member balked, concerned that it would crate a “party image” for Woodstock. Mayor Donnie Henriques directed city staff to work further on the proposal and prepare a possible draft ordinance.

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