I firmly believe that Watkinsville will continue to grow and prosper with the passage of Liquor By The Drink tomorrow. Municipal voters do not have to wear green to vote at either the Government Annex or the City Hall/Community Center from 7 pm to 7 am to keep Watkinsville a viable, dynamic community compatible with the rest of Oconee and Clarke counties.
Please vote and if you need a ride to the polls, I will be happy to give you one, at 706-372-1062. The times that would be best for me at 7 am to 8:00 am, or 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm or 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. I am sure it will be a nice day to walk to the polls if you have not advance voted yet.
Watkinsville is a wonderful city that continues to evolve and grow. Should we vote NO as a City, we might as well be Bishop. There are municipal voters who eat at restaurants every day of their lives who have voted against it. There is an organized effort to pass it with the signs and postcards and what not, but surely there are just as many closed minded folks who do not want a gin and tonic with their meals.
So please, I ask you to kindly go to the polls tomorrow and vote for the passage of the liquor by the drink referendum. This will add a new source of tax revenue for the city, and it will give our restaurants an equal footing with the nearby in-county competition like the very popular Cheddar's.
Making us Watkinsville residents vote again to pass this referendum is indeed an onerous task, a burden unasked for, and an embarrassment to all members of the municipal government whether they admit it or not, but even with all that, it is in our best interest to have liquor by the drink available at Chops & Hops and Girasoles. Let there restaurants compete and serve responsibly patrons a few more alcohol options. After all, the evil spirits at Eagle Tavern is what supposedly kept the University of Georgia from settling in Watkinsville and it instead moved a few miles up the road to Athens.