Social Circle Liquor by the Drink Referendum (2009)

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A Liquor by the Drink Referendum took place on March 17, 2009 in Walton county for voters in Social Circle.

The measure was approved with 180 votes in support and 104 against.[1]

The question at hand was:

"Shall the governing authority of the City of Social Circle be authorized to issue license to sell distilled spirits for beverage purposes by the drink, such sales to be for consumption only on the premises?"

The Social Circle City Council referred the measure to the ballot at their January 2009 city council meeting.[2]

Previously, restaurants were allowed to serve beer and wine, and grocery and gas station stores could sell malt beverages. Though the amendment passed, restaurants in Social Circle will still need to make more than 50 percent of their revenue from food sales.

Social Circle Mayor Jim Burgess supported the measure because "We’re trying to attract more upscale restaurants in the community." He said the city had been approached by several chain restaurants that had lost interest after learning no mixed drink sales were allowed.