Speak easy, Savannah residents.
Anyone concerned about proposed new drinking laws will get a chance to meet personally with city staffers Sept. 18. And for those who can't make the one-on-one drop-in sessions at the Civic Center, feedback is being collected via an online survey.
The proposal has received a mixture of support and opposition from business owners and residents since the proposed ordinance was announced Aug. 29.
Changes garnering criticism include provisions requiring additional security requirements and a new late-night licensing fee, as well as concerns from area residents about a proposal to increase the "to-go" cup boundaries to include Forsyth Park.
A heavily criticized prohibition against anyone under 21 dining after 10 p.m. in an alcohol-serving restaurant without a parent or legal guardian is already being reconsidered, according to city officials.
Some business owners also are pushing for eliminating restrictions that bar such "minors" from music and performance venues that sell alcohol.
Apart from the restaurant prohibition, city officials are waiting to receive the public's feedback before announcing any changes to the initial proposal, said Sean Brandon, management services bureau chief.
"It's definite that there will be changes, but we are waiting to get all the feedback," Brandon said.
The online survey can be accessed at www.savannahga.gov/alcohol. The drop-in sessions are from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Bryan Room of the Civic Center.
The public may show up any time during these periods and ask questions about or provide feedback to staff.
The draft ordinance, along with a question and answer section and a comment form, is also available at www.savannahga.gov/alcohol.