Savannah is taking off as a beer town. And that's prompting officials to take a new look at the city's drinking laws. Savannah is one of the few cities where people can drink downtown in public year-round.
Georgia wine growers say this year might not be their best vintage. The heavy rain Georgia has seen this summer isn't ruining this year's harvest. But it will delay grape processing and possibly dilute sugars and flavors that make the best wines.
The Department of Natural Resources said its officers arrested more people for boating under the influence on Georgia’s waterways this Memorial Day weekend than in 2012. According to Captain Mike England, head of DNR’s law enforcement division, there were 27 BUI arrests over the holiday weekend in 2012 and 42 arrests in 2013.
Savannah is re-writing its alcoholic beverage ordinances. The city already has some of the most liberal liquor laws in the nation. But the rules don't address some more novel uses alcohol. Beekeeper Ted Dennard wants to stock his stores with mead, the ancient honey-made drink, and offer people samples.
The city council on Tybee Island has repealed a ban on drinking alcohol on the beach, though they say the ban was rarely enforced.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.
A metro Atlanta county is cracking down on underage drinking. Cobb County last week became the second jurisdiction in the area to approve an ordinance aimed at holding adults more accountable for their role in underage drinking.
Georgia's home-grown liquor industry is getting a new player. Officials at Milledgeville-based Georgia Distilling Company say, they now have federal and local permits and soon expect their state permit to begin operation. A company official says, the state permit follows the federal and local ones, so he's planning on opening in two months.