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Marion officials set mixed drink license fee;
hear requests to ease up on local regulations

Thomas Williams of the Top Hat Club speaks at the recent Marion County Commission meeting.

Left: Commissioner Ogan addresses the intent of local regulations (left) and his thoughts on nightclubs (right).

From the November 16, 2016 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   The Marion County Commission set the fee for mixed drinks licenses at $1,500 per year during its recent monthly meeting. Officials also heard from a longtime local nightclub owner and a potential new club manager who want the commissioners to ease up on some of the previously passed local regulations for mixed drinks.
   This past May voters approved a special referendum to allow mixed drinks to be sold in the county (it passed 56.2% to 43.58%). In August the Commission passed regulations for mixed drinks, which include that the license holders are required ... The rest of the story.