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Lottery to be Held for Two Package Store Licenses in Loganville

The Loganville City Council voted to permit one package store each in the Gwinnett and Walton ends of town.

The Loganville City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to hold separate lotteries for two package stores in town -- one in Gwinnett County and one in Walton County.

Councilman Skip Baliles voted against the measure, arguing that the licenses should be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. But other council members expressed concern about chaotic lines and confusion with people scrambling to be first on the application date.

The story is developing. Patch will update with details.

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Chuck Bagley November 29, 2012 at 01:05 AM
What is a lottery, a chance to determine if the best or the worst and everything inbetween can be selected. I am afraid this will be like the weekly PowerBall lottery more losers than winners. A great way to be fair and impartial and no one is responsible for making a decision, no one to blame if a buines fails.remeber the Federal Government failed in the operation of a legal busines in Nevada.
Brenda Lee November 29, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Do we know how many applicants will be participating in the lottery?
Michelle Couch November 29, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Chuck - sometimes many politicians shouldn't be responsible for making a decision...lol Just saying :)
j m davis November 29, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Didn't I read that the owner of the liquor store in Grayson was hand picked by Grayson council members and the mayor, and the other's in line who were ahead of the now owner were bumped down the list. Because of this action I will shop at the liquor store in Loganville whenever one opens up. Sounds like favoritism to me, but isn't that what government is about. You scratch my back I will scratch yours. Yes, I know the tax paid by the liquor store is allowing the Grayson City Limit citizens free trash pick up. It's all about who you know in government local and large government.
Michelle Couch November 29, 2012 at 04:30 PM
@ j m davis, You are essentially correct. The Grayson Council (excluding Mayor) unanimously voted to approve the license for Richard Tucker. There were two other applicants - A Grayson business owner who funded the petition drive and already owned the proposed property, and a couple that owned one liquor store in Madison. According to another Patch article (Suwanee?), Tucker transferred one of his Georgia Package Store Licenses to Wayne Mason - one of his long-time business partners - a few months prior to the Grayson Council vote. Georgia law only allows an individual to hold two package store licenses.

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