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Washington County BOCC updates alcohol ordinance ………..

And says goodbye to County Attorney.

 

by Kathy Foster

 

Washington County commissioners made quick work of updating the county’s alcohol ordinance during Thursday’s board meeting, commenting that they were bringing it in line with Florida Statutes.  The new ordinance took effect immediately upon adoption.

 

Only one person spoke out against the changes.

 

The general requirement of the newly adopted ordinance says “No beer, wine, or other alcoholic or intoxicating beverages may be sold, consumed, or served, or permitted to be served or consumed in any place licensed under the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, or any other public place in the unincorporated area of Washington County daily between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 7:00 a.m.

 

It also states that the sale of beer, wine, or other alcoholic or intoxicating beverages, for consumption on the premises, is permitted to be sold by a vendor licensed by the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco in an area designated for commercial land use and as specified in the Washington County Land Development Code.

 

No beer, wine, or other alcoholic or intoxicating beverages may be sold for consumption on the premises within 500 feet of any church.  (Measured by following the shortest route of ordinary pedestrian travel along the public thoroughfare from the front door of the place of business to the front door of the church.)

 

No beer, wine or other alcoholic or intoxicating beverages may be sold for consumption on the premises within 500 feet of any residence.  (Measured by following the shortest route of ordinary pedestrian travel along the public thoroughfare from the front door of the place of business to the front door of the residence.)

 

Commissioners also took the following action on these agenda items at the meeting:

  •  Approved payment of vouchers for June  2017 totaling $2,294,765.04.
  •  Approved $5,000 in funding for engineering services on the Hwy 79 project.  Holmes County BOCC will also be asked to contribute $5,000.
  •  Approved a Small Scale FLUM amendment requested by the Planning Department.
  •  Approved a Floodplain Management Ordinance requested by the Planning Department.  It was approved in a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Todd Abbott opposing the measure.
  •  Approved a Franchise Fee Ordinance that covers Gulf Power and West Florida Electric Coop.
  •  Directed County Administrator Jeff Massey to develop a job description and salary range for the IT Administrator and report back to the BOCC.  He is also to update the county’s organization chart to show the position.
  •  Were informed a Notice to Proceed has been issued on Kirkland Road.
  •  Were informed that funding for Culpepper Landing has come together.  The work will include  —  new boat ramp with loading docks on both sides;  paving and reorganizing the parking lot; and construction of a stormwater retention pond.  It is being funded through the Florida Boating Improvement  Program.
  •  Directed the County Administrator to contact the Washington County 4-H program officials to determine if they are interested in utilizing the arena at  Daniels Lake for their program.   He is to research the issue and get back with commissioners.
  •  Were informed there is a promising proposal concerning the communication tower.
  •  Directed the County Administrator to work with the City of Chipley regarding the extension of utilities south of I-10.
  •  Set an Aug. 30 meeting at 9 a.m. to discuss the budget.

 

 

After closing Thursday’s meeting, commissioners hosted a farewell luncheon for County Attorney Jeff Goodman who is closing his law practice Aug. 31st.  He will be invested as a Judge in the 14th Circuit on Sept. 8th.

 

Goodman took a few minutes to thank the Board for the faith and support over the past years and commended them for wanting to make Washington County a better place for those coming along behind them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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