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Residents speak out on Sunday alcohol sales; City vote on Oct. 22 agenda

By Suzette Cook/Reporter

As Hurricane Michael steered toward the Gulf Coast on Oct. 9, more than 75 Chiefland residents made it a priority to attend a workshop at Chiefland City Hall to discuss the pros and cons of allowing alcohol sales in Chiefland on Sundays.

More than two dozen people addressed the commission and spoke on the record.

Many residents acknowledged that they like to drink socially, and often family and friends are only off on weekends, so meeting up on a Sunday would be convenient if they didn’t have to leave town.

One longtime resident thanked the commission for the opportunity to speak and said she was worried that the character of Chiefland would change if alcohol was sold on Sundays. She read a description from the City’s website and urged the commission to consider that World Health Organization statistics emphasize the negative impacts of excessive alcohol consumption.