Public expresses opinions on alcohol consumption at Rosa Parks Square
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Dozens of people gathered at the Macon-Bibb Government Center to voice their opinions about the consumption of alcohol at Rosa Parks Square. The park is currently alcohol-free unless people request a permit to hold events with alcohol.
Macon-Bibb Commissioner Elaine Lucas sponsored an ordinance that would ban alcohol all together at the Rosa Parks Square. Commissioners decided in a Facilities and Engineering committee that this would be up to the public.
“If you look at an ordinance that says, we can’t use a public space for something like a craft beer festival,” said Tony Doolin. “It celebrates entrepreneurship, it celebrates the craft of brewing beer, it’s not a fraternity beer pong tournament.”
Doolin spoke at the forum Wednesday night. He is one of many who are against the ordinance. Doolin says having events at the park with alcohol will drive more people to explore Macon and it’s great for the economy.
“Walk a few steps down the street and you can drink alcohol,” said George Muhammad. Muhammad says economic growth is just an excuse to allow drinking at the park.
“This space right here, we’re preserving a higher level of consciousness, a certain standard,” said Muhammad. “It doesn’t impede any economic progress whatsoever.”
There were no right or wrong answers Wednesday night, just a chance for the public to bring their concerns to light.
Commissioner Al Tillman, who is also Chairman of the Facilities and Engineering Committee, released a statement after the public forum. He said:
“As Chairman of Facilities and Engineering I will not subject my committee nor commissioners to take a vote to un-table the Rosa Park Alcohol ordinance. Hope all is well. I have one question. the sponsor, Friends of Rosa Park Square, and downtown business owners should meet and work out a compromise. This commission should not be subjected to a vote where good reasonable citizens can work to come to an agreement. I will give them as much time as needed through the end of June.”