City council approves Sunday alcohol resolution

Published 12:04 am Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Atmore City Council Monday approved a resolution to allow alcohol sales on Sundays after 10 a.m.

According to Alabama Retail’s website, Gov. Kay Ivey signed Act No. 2017-44 into law on May 26, 2017, and it gives counties or cities, through an ordinance or resolution, the authority for businesses to begin alcohol sales on Sundays at 10 a.m. under House Bill 353.

Mayor Jim Staff said Rep. Alan Baker and Sen. Greg Albritton know about the resolution, and that the city needed to have it be a unanimous vote, which it was on Monday.

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Baker said once filed, should the proposed local legislation for Atmore successfully move through both Houses of the Legislature, the bill would take effect immediately upon Ivey’s signature.

“The resolution unanimously passed by the Atmore City Council is pretty straight forward in affirming the council’s justifications, their support and request to the Escambia Legislative Delegation to file local legislation to enable the Atmore City Council to be able to regulate Sunday sales in restaurants within the City of Atmore,” Baker said. “In reflecting the unanimous voice of the Atmore City Council and Mayor Jim Staff, the Escambia Legislative Delegation will file Local Legislation  that enables the City of Atmore the authority to be able to regulate Sunday sales in restaurants within the City of Atmore.”

“The proposed Local Legislation would grant the Atmore City Council the authority to regulate and establish hours for such Sunday sales.”

Staff said the resolution is more or less automatic, and that the city should’ve done this a long time ago. The resolution allows alcohol sales to be done from all businesses and restaurants that sell it within the city limits.

In other business, the council:

• paid the bills.