Braselton Town Council approves downtown open container district

By Austin Eller Anchor/Reporter
Posted 11:05AM on Tuesday 12th January 2021 ( 1 week ago )

The Braselton Town Council approved the amendment to the Braselton Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance at Monday evening's voting session. This amendment creates an open container district in downtown Braselton.

Original story posted Saturday, Jan. 9, 3:30 p.m.:

The Braselton Town Council is set to vote on an amendment to the Braselton Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance that would create a downtown open container district.

In a Thursday afternoon Town Council Work Session, Braselton Town Manager and Clerk Jennifer Scott said businesses participating in the open container district would need to sell clear cups that meet the town's requirements. 

Scott said some downtown businesses already have cups that fit the requirements of the amendment, but businesses can also purchase approved cups directly from the town.

"The purpose of the cup is really two-fold, you know, one, it's obviously to easily identify if someone brought something from home ... but it also educates the public that if they see that cup ... they know it's ok," said Town Attorney Gregory Jay.

While citizens would be able to drink alcohol outside in the downtown district from approved cups, businesses can still prohibit people from bringing food or drink into their business, according to Jay.

On top of this, each establishment in the district that wants to participate in the open container district would need at least one staff member that has participated in the ServSafe alcohol training program.

Aside from the cup requirements and the ServSafe alcohol training, the ordinance is similar to open container ordinances enacted by Suwanee and Buford, according to Scott.

"We met with every business in downtown that would be under this ordinance ... to make sure that they understood the rules that were going to be proposed and the ordinance as proposed, and no one had any issues," Scott said.

The Braselton Town Council will vote on the amendment in a voting session on Monday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Braselton Police & Municipal Court building.

Braselton Mayor and Town Council

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