ATHENS (AP) — Officials in Athens are waiting for the governor to sign a change in state law that would allow stores to sell beer and wine closer to college campuses.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports the bill that passed the state Legislature on its final day Thursday was designed to lure a grocery store to downtown Athens. The location of the proposed development is located less than a football field’s length from the University of Georgia campus.
That posed a problem because developers say a grocery store would insist on selling beer and wine. And current state law bans any package sales of alcohol within 100 yards of a college campus.
State lawmakers voted to change the law to allow beer and wine sales as long as the local government approves.