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April 17, 2019 Page 7A porter Continued from Front walks, open areas and all parcels and tracts of real property in the entertain- ment district. These provisions were added to the city code that governs consumption of alcohol in Forsyth city limits. They will go into effect as soon as the city orders cups and has them available for sale. City manager Janice Hall said that should be in time for the concert on the square planned for Saturday, June 1. Currently the businesses that sell alcohol within the entertainment district are Pickled Okra, Grits Cafe, Minori's Italian Restaurant and Jonah's on ]ohnston. No one voiced Opposi- tion to the entertainment district, but several people spoke in favor of the pro- posed district and others had questions about it. Originally the hours were given as 5-11 p.m. daffy. Hall said she took a letter about the district and the public hearing to every business within the des- ignated area. She said the letter left the times and the size of the cup blank since they hadn't been finalized. The advertisement for the public hearing that ran in The Reporter did not specify the times, cup size or borders of the district. Hall said no One contacted her for additional informa- tion. "I think it's a great idea; it will help grow businesses in the downtown area" said ]eremy Seymour of Pickled Okra. "But I pro- pose a change in the start times:' "Our Sunday hours are 12-5 p.m." said Laurie Thomas of Ionah's on ]ohnston."There's not much going on after 5 on Sunday. Maybe we should adjust the time to fit the restaurant's hours:' The city has recently changed the alcohol pour- ing start time for Sunday to 11:30 a.m. Thomas said there are more likely to be activities around the square on Sunday afternoon than Sunday evening. Presently the only businesses serving alco- hol in the entertainment district on Sundays are Jo- nah's and Minori's. Council member Greg Goolsby said there should be op- portunities for special events in the district on Saturday afternoons, too, especially during football season. Holly White of Sage and Sparrow Boutique, which is in the district, said she visited Monroe's entertain- ment district on the pre- ceding Sunday and it was busy, with people parking in lots and then walk- ing around the business district. She said Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau executive direc- tor Gilda Stanbery said the biggest day for people checking into Forsyth hotels is Sunday. They go to Macon to eat, and then shop, because nothing is open in Forsyth. The same thing happens on Mon- day because there are no restaurants open in For- syth on Monday. Shawna Bartlett, owner of Home- town Treasures, which is in the entertainment district, echoed Whites comments. "If people came to down- town, we would open on Sunday" said White. Kelly Hiers, owner of West Mane Salon and a member of Forsyth- Monroe County Chamber of Commerce board of directors, asked how the entertainment district regulations would affect events that served alcohol like Business After Hours. Mayor Eric Wilson said people could carry alcohol outside on the streets if they had the designated cups. It should not change anything else about fees, applications, licenses, etc. pertaining to serving alcohol, whether for sale or gratis as part of the event. Hiers also asked about how the entertainment district would affect the Forsythia Festival, which includes the entertainment district but extends beyond it. After discussion, council said it might be best to suspend the entertainment district during Forsythia Festival and included in the ordinance that the dis- trict may be suspended at any time at the discretion of council. City attorney Bobby Melton advised that the city charter provides that council may summar- ily suspend something if needed. He advised that the city will need to adver- tise the changes it made to the entertainment district in the specified hours but could pass the ordinance before amending the advertisement since" hours were not specified in the ad, although hours were in the proposed ordinance changes available for review. Forsyth economic development director Tammie Pierson asked if events could be blocked off within the entertainment district. Melton said that closing streets is handled separately from the ordi- nance on alcohol usage. Hall said she does not know the cost of the cups, . yet; so she does not know the price the city will sell them. She said she de- cided the 16-ounce cup would be the right size for the 12-ounce beer sold at Pickled Okra. Monroe sells 20-ounce cups. The ordinance says each patron may only buy one cup at a time. April 20, 2019 8:00 pm, 11 pm ON THE SQUARE This band is complete with veteran musicians and singerts that bring jaw dropping performances to any stage. 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