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Trenton debates beer, wine sales

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Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter

TRENTON, DADE COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)-- In August, Trenton City leaders started kicking around the idea of an ordinance that would allow restaurants to serve beer and wine.

The mayor in Trenton says the city commission is trying to consider every side and make the best decision.

Restaurant owners say even if the ordinance does pass their restaurants won't serve alcohol.

For the last 30 years at "Larry's Buffet", Larry York and his wife have served home-cooked food to a loyal clientele in Trenton.

"I think I would probably have some protests against eating here if we served liquor or beer by the drink," says Larry York.

For that reason and a few more Larry York is against the malt and beverage ordinance now being considered by Trenton City Commission.

"I just don't want it around," says York.

Down the road at Thatcher's Barbecue, Melanie and John Thatcher feel the same way.

"For us, the type of food we serve the type of clientele we have, it's just not something I think would benefit us," says John Thatcher.

"It's a moral issue to a lot of people, to a lot of people it's an economic issue," says Trenton Mayor Barton Harris.

Mayor Barton Harris says the economy led the city to consider the ordinance in the first place.

"We need to be able to bring in more business to give our industry and other businesses in our town a reason to come and do business in Trenton," says Harris.

The mayor says passing the ordinance isn't necessarily about getting existing businesses to buy a license, but attracting new business to town.

"One thing, if we could get in a restaurant or two, a nice one, we could bring in another hotel. Hotels pay good taxes," says Harris.

Reasoning Larry York and plenty of others in Trenton disagree with.

"We were born and raised here and we've been in business for 30 years without it and I see no sense in us having to have it," says York.

The mayor says he's trying to stress to people this is a beer and wine ordinance only.

It wouldn't allow restaurants to serve liquor by the drink.

The next commission meeting is November 1st. If a full commission is present, the ordinance could be voted on that night.

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