Williamsburg Council approves Sunday alcohol sales

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Alcohol sales in restaurants are one step closer to becoming a reality in Williamsburg.
Voters approved it earlier this year.
Wednesday morning, the city council passed the second reading of the ordinance for the sales, which includes Sunday sales.

Williamsburg City Council members were split 3-3 on whether to allow alcohol sales in restaurants on Sundays. The mayor broke the tie, casting his vote for the ordinance allowing Sunday sales. The vote passed 4-3.

"This is a business decision, to me, that's what this was about and so we wanted to make it such a way that would attract a good business, get us some jobs, maybe some other opportunities," said Mayor Roddy Harrison.

Some in the city spoke to the council against Sunday alcohol sales. The mayor compromised and the ordinance says Sunday sales cannot start until 2:00 p.m.

"Seems like that gave everyone plenty of time if they did not want to be around it at all after church, that gives them a couple of hours, they can go have a dinner and be gone," said Mayor Harrison.

Those against Sunday sales did not talk on camera but told us they have no hard feelings toward the council and respect the decisions.

Williamsburg police are preparing for restaurants to sell alcohol. The Chief says they are planning for strict enforcement and will do everything they can to make sure businesses and customers are following the laws.

"The officers are certainly going to be paying more attention to the restaurants that are serving alcohol, and we're going to be looking for underage drinking, DUIs in general," said Chief Wayne Bird.

The mayor is now working on the application process for restaurants who want to sell alcohol.

It will be late summer before the first drinks can be legally sold.

Mayor Harrison will also serve as the city's ABC officer.

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