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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 6:00am

Macon Mayor: Wait On New Liquor Stores

Updated: 2 years ago.
The Macon mayor is proposing a 90-day moratorium on new liquor store licenses. The mayor said the current licensing system leads to a concentration of liquor stores downtown, which he said is no longer consistent with Macon's long-term development plans. (Photo Courtesy of capl@washjeff.edu.)

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert wants a moratorium on the licensing of downtown liquor stores.

A city council committee approved the measure Monday, and the full council is scheduled to consider it Tuesday.

The mayor's proposal calls for a 90-day moratorium. The mayor said the current licensing system leads to a concentration of liquor stores downtown, which he said is no longer consistent with Macon's long-term development plans.

If passed, the moratorium would give the city up to 90 days to retool its alcohol licensing schemes.

City spokesman Chris Floore said the city is getting more residents and more foot traffic downtown, and it doesn't want a concentration of liquor stores to be created.

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