BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) – The Boaz City Council amended their alcohol ordinance at their meeting Monday evening and legalized the sale of liquor.
City Clerk Jill Bright said she began to receive requests for permits immediately following the November wet-dry referendum, in which 52.7% of ballots supported alcohol sales.
About a half-dozen businesses got applications the first day of their availability, including Walmart, Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant, and several convenience stores.
“It’s been pretty busy, but we expected that,” Bright said.
“We’re making them fill out a thing for our zoning department to make sure that their business is zoned to sell what they are wanting to sell, and then telling them to contact the [Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control] board and they will start the process through them.”
If the ABC approves an application, the city’s alcohol review committee has 45 days to make a recommendation to the city council, who will make a decision at their next meeting.
Bright said the whole process may take about 60 days for approval, with the first alcohol sold inside city limits by the beginning of March.
Applications are available at boaz city hall and require a $300 application fee.
There is also a $35 fee for holding the mandatory public hearing before the city council.