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Hub Council approves alcohol sales at street festivals

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Hattiesburg City Council members discuss whether to amend the city's alcohol ordinance Tuesday. Hattiesburg City Council members discuss whether to amend the city's alcohol ordinance Tuesday.
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

For the first time ever, visitors to Eaglepalooza and Hubfest this weekend will be able to legally drink alcohol on city streets. The Hattiesburg City Council Tuesday amended an ordinance, allowing for the sale, possession and consumption of beer and light wine at some downtown street festivals.

But, because an ordinance takes 30 days to go into effect, council members also suspended the enforcement of the current ordinance, allowing vendors with the proper permit to sell this Friday and Saturday.

"Right now, it's just a temporary suspension for those two events, only on those streets where the events are occurring," said Charles Lawrence, city attorney.

Also Tuesday, a motion to hire a Columbus law firm to help the city recover any financial losses from the 2010 BP oil spill failed because of a lack of a second.

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