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Monday, December 17, 2012 - 9:00am

Tybee Island Repeals Alcohol Ban

Updated: 1 year ago.
The city council on Tybee Island has repealed a ban on drinking alcohol on the beach, though they say the ban was rarely enforced. An amended ordinance also officially legalizes drinking on public streets, parking lots and sidewalks, which has also been historically permitted. (Photo by Orlando Montoya.)

The city council on Tybee Island has repealed a ban on drinking alcohol on the beach, though they say the ban was rarely enforced.

Tybee Island's council last week repealed the ban with a 4-2 vote.

An amended ordinance also officially legalizes drinking on public streets, parking lots and sidewalks, which has also been historically permitted. City Manager Diane Schleicher saidthe beverage has to be in a plastic cup.

As long as the beverage was not in a glass container and drinkers did not cause problems, beachgoers have been drinking beers and cocktails by the oceanfront for decades because the city was not enforcing a law banning the practice, which had been on the books since 1983.