A decision on whether to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Hattiesburg city property at some special events has been postponed until next month. The Hattiesburg City Council Tuesday tabled a proposal to amend a city ordinance which would permit businesses with liquor licenses to sell alcohol on city-owned property at some city-sanctioned downtown events, such as Hubfest.
The Council could vote on the measure at their April 2 meeting.
If passed, it would take 30 days to go into effect, meaning portions of the current ordinance would have to be suspended for the upcoming Hubfest on April 6.
"It would allow a business owner who didn't have private property to go on to, to sell his beer, come out in front of his business on his sidewalk and sell beer, as a vendor," said Kim Bradley, Council president. "What we will do, we will suspend the ordinance that we have, the enforcement of the ordinance that we have that would allow the business owner the opportunity during Hubfest to sell the beer in front of his business, just like all the other businesses have been allowed to do," he said.
Also Tuesday, the Council tabled a vote on approving the hiring of a Columbus law firm to help the city recover any financial losses from the 2010 BP oil spill.
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