Sunday morning alcohol sales may be considered in Dothan

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- You might be able to enjoy a drink or buy alcohol before 1 pm on Sundays.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a ban of alcohol advertising on city property. (MGN)

The new legislation takes effect in wet counties and cities.

It's called the Brunch Bill. Wet counties can decide if they want to allow Sunday morning sales of alcohol through local legislation.

“We have had a couple of restaurants locally that have reached out to us since the passage of this bill asking if we are going to consider that,” says Dothan’s city manager Kevin Cowper.

It's something the city manager is looking into.

“I've asked our staff to do some research on it and evaluate the pros and cons and see if this is something the business community and the local community wants to pursue,” says Cowper.

The Brunch Bill could have a big impact on restaurant customers.

“Brunch has become more and more popular over time. If you don't allow alcohol sales then the brunch is somewhat limited,” says Cowper.

It could also drive economic development.

“If this will allow more restaurants to open earlier on Sundays and increase sales and give people that opportunity to go and have brunch if that's what they want to do,” says Cowper.

Earlier Sunday sales could also help small alcohol stores.

“ABC store is state regulated by the state and they are closed on Sundays and that gives the mom and pops the opportunity to make up on their competition,” says Don Forrest the owner of Last Call Spirits.

It could also keep buyers from going to another state.

“Any dollar you make in this business is good because people think you're rich and you're not… Make it a referendum and let the people vote. If they are for it so be it. If they do not, leave it like it is,” says Forrest.

The city manager tells WTVY his team will present findings to the commission and see if it's something they will consider.

Amending the alcohol sale time won't happen anytime soon, so for right now, you can buy alcohol sales after 1 p.m. on Sundays.



 
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