Forsyth Store Granted Liquor License After Years Long Battle with Council

FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -- The owners of Pansy's Corner Store in Forsyth have been fighting city council for a liquor license for years, and Wednesday night they were finally granted one.

Attorney Jim Rockefeller represented the owners Tonia and Walter Mays. According to Rockefeller, council has repeatedly denied the license based on the fact that members from the community have spoken out against it.

Rockefeller tells 41NBC Georgia law prohibits "public opposition" from being a legal reason to deny a license because it's too vague.

He sent a letter to the city of Forsyth appealing the latest denial, which happened at council's October 9th meeting.

In the letter, Rockefeller writes that council denied the license based on the "best interest of the general public."

Rockefeller goes on to explain that based on Georgia law, denying a liquor license based on "public opposition" is considered "an unconstitutional violation of an individual's due process and equal protection rights."

He also said the Mays' store meets all the required guidelines to sell liquor.

At the end of the letter, Rockefeller wrote that if the council did not reconsider it's decision, the Mays' would be filing a lawsuit against Forsyth.

In an e-mail, Rockefeller's office called Wednesday night's decision, a "big win".

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