County Beer Board Denies Permit

April 7, 2008
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Beer Board Thursday night denied a permit for Paul David Maynard, Sr. to sell beer both on and off the premises at a business, yet to be built, called the Do-Drop-In Dinner and Dance on the Liberty to Dismal Road.

Maynard was not present at the meeting but several people from the community were there to express their opposition including members of the nearby Fullers Chapel Methodist Church and the Cooper's Chapel Baptist Church.

In order for an applicant to qualify for a county beer permit, the business must be at least 300 feet from the nearest residence and no closer than 2,000 feet from a church or place of public gathering.

A neighbor, Glen Wilson, said the proposed establishment is less than 300 feet away from his home. Others claimed that the property was also too close to the Fuller's Chapel Methodist Church. Some warned that increased traffic on this narrow road could also create more safety hazards including the possibility of alcohol related accidents because of this business

In addition to the distance problem, the board found that because the establishment has not yet been constructed, Maynard's application lacked sufficient information as to the actual physical address of the business.

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