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County mulls alcohol sales at sports events
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IN BRIEF: The Board of Commissioners and county staffers discussed the idea of allowing alcohol sales at adult sports events but tabled it for further study at Tuesday's BOC meeting. 

Commissioner JaNice Van Ness inquired about granting a temporary alcohol sales permit to the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association to allow serving alcohol at home games of it's pro-team the Georgia Revolution, which will hold a tournament match Saturday, May 12, and begin season games in the coming weeks. She emphasized that this was not children's sports but rather sports for adults and professionals.

Planning and Zoning Director Marshall Walker said "You're gettting into a touchy area." Currently, non-profits are allowed to apply for a special event permit to serve alcohol two times a year. Golf courses are exempt. He also said they would need to look at how that would fit with state laws."There's a way to do it. We have to make sure there is a correct way to do it," said Walker.

Commissioner Oz Nesbitt expressed a note of caution. "I'm not opposed to it," he said. "I'm thinking of the number of requests you're going to get." Whatever is done, said Nesbitt, the county needed to make sure "it's fair and equal, because you're going to open the floodgate."