Carrabelle throttles the bottle

An aerial photograph, enhanced by Katherine Milla, shows sections of Carrabelle’s commercial distric

An aerial photograph, enhanced by Katherine Milla, shows sections of Carrabelle’s commercial district that would be closed to businesses serving alcohol under proposed Ordinance 450. Restricted areas are designated in light green.

Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM.

 

A showdown between religious values and economic interests took place in Carrabelle last year.

The question: Where can alcohol be served in the city?

In December 2011 the city commission heard the first reading of a proposed city ordinance, #450, which would have allowed for case-by-case city review of requested liquor licenses.

This ordinance would have replaced an existing law requiring a 500 foot buffer around churches, schools and playgrounds. Introduction ordinance #450 led to threats, animosity and posturing on three subsequent occasions.

Originally scheduled for Jan. 5, the ordinance’s second reading was postponed until March, after it was greeted by fierce opposition from Carrabelle religious leaders, notably Homer McMillan, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church in December.

Because the ordinance raised passionate arguments from the both businesses and religious groups, Carrabelle commissioners called for a Jan. 21 workshop. About 50 people attended that gathering, which was dominated by the religious activists, led by McMillan.



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