Following a non-binding straw poll of Havana residents in April regarding Sunday afternoon liquor sales, the Havana Town Council has officially announced approval of Sunday alcohol sales from 1 to 6 p.m. All members of the council voted in favor of the motion and businesses will have a 10-day waiting period before they can begin selling alcoholic beverages on Sundays.
According to Havana Town Manager Howard McKinnon, the city will issue a letter to all local businesses stating the amendment to the town’s former ordinance banning the sales of alcohol on Sundays.
“We will get a letter to all businesses letting them know about the changes and the official start date of August 10th,” McKinnon said.
Also during Tuesday’s Havana Town Council meeting, Havana Police Chief Tracy Smith welcomed two new officers to the police department: Quincy native William Adams, and Roderial Little of Tallahassee; both were hired as part-time officers in Havana.
“I am so proud of these two individuals; I know they will continue the rich tradition here,” McKinnon said.
Smith told the council he is in the process of acquiring a new traffic analyzer for the city and was headed out of town to an important meeting about this new gadget.
McKinnon concluded with a report on other new city developments that included property being sold on 5th and 27th streets, which will bring a new restaurant and a retail store. In addition, an AutoZone is forthcoming and a representative from the company has been in constant contact with McKinnon about the unveiling of the new location.
Beginning Aug. 1, WTXL Channel 27 will broadcast its morning news show “WTXL Sunrise” downtown from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., highlighting the city of Havana. Sunrise co-Anchor Kellie Bartoli will be live at the Tomato Cafe for the morning show, then she will head over to Joanie’s Gourmet Market & Fabulous Cafe for the afternoon news.
“As you can see, activity is picking up in Havana,” McKinnon proudly said. “WTXL will get us good exposure, and it’s a great opportunity to learn about our town.”