Cullman is now a wet city

CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - The city of Cullman is now officially wet, and residents are one step closer to buying and selling alcohol in city limits. After several work sessions and public hearings, city councilors have approved the alcohol ordinance. Now businesses can start applying for alcohol licenses.

Cullman Mayor Max Townson said he is pleased with the city's final 55-page ordinance.

It states, "Alcohol sales will begin at 8am and end at 11pm Monday-Thursday. On Friday and Saturday nights, sales will be allowed until midnight.  Alcohol will not be sold at all on Sunday.  Depending on the area of the city, a business selling or serving alcohol has to be 50 to 250 feet from churches, schools or daycares. Package stores must be 1500 feet from churches, schools, or daycares."

Mayor Townson said he hopes this ordinance encourages new businesses to open and move to the city, bringing an economic boost for the area.

"When you can come in and bring other retail outlets and developments that creates jobs and growth," said Mayor Townson, "that is what we are after."

Cullman residents agreed the ordinance is balanced and fair and they hope it helps the city grow.

"Hopefully, it will bring in business, bring in other industry, help the whole population," said Bruce Claridge.

"I would love to have some new restaurants to choose from," said Steven Smith.

To apply for an alcohol license, a business owner must pay a $200 filing fee, pass a background check, and complete the Alabama Responsible Vendor program. Depending on the type of business, the cost of the fees range. Mayor Townson says he believes alcohol sales will begin at the end of February.

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