Waycross extends bar closing times to 2 a.m. Sunday

The City of Waycross made an ordinance change Tuesday to extend the Saturday night sales of alcohol at clubs and restaurants from 11:59 p.m. to Sunday at 2 a.m.

The city commissioners voted during the consent calendar portion of the 7 p.m. meeting to approve the second readings of the alcohol sales amendments, as well as an amendment to the city code concerning group homes and adding language that regulates fences on private properties. The ordinance changes were approved unanimously by commissioners Norman Davis, Alvin Nelson, Marian Solomon-Gaines and Larry Ethridge. Commissioner Diane Hopkins was not present Tuesday. At least a couple of local residents are not satisfied with that extension of alcohol sales. They want Sunday alcohol sales to be legal by the light of day. David Kirby spoke at the end of the meeting calling for a new ballot to give voters a chance to decide whether alcohol may be sold on Sundays. In 2011, a Sunday retail sales of alcohol referendum failed at the polls. At a Monday afternoon work session, Ngwebifor Fobi, manager of the nightclub “Hush,” appeared at a meeting for the third time urging a new referendum. No commissioners responded to Fobi Monday or to Kirby Tuesday night.

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