Supervisors rescind resort status for new liquor store
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM
HARVEY CROSSING — A liquor store vote was rescinded by the Board of Supervisors on Monday night after neighbors objected.
County supervisors on Monday rescinded a vote from two weeks ago that gave county approval for resort status that allowed the possibility of a liquor store to open beside a convenience store approximately 100 feet from the entrance of Harvey Crossing.
The county approved resort status for Brandon Stores LLC of Brandon on April 3 in what would have been the first step needed to open a liquor store at 690 Yandell Road at the intersection of North Old Canton Road. Brandon Stores LLC would have needed to receive approval from the state Alcohol Beverage Control and reappear before the board for final approval to build a liquor store.
Initially, the effort was only supported by District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen, District 4 Supervisor David Bishop and District 5 Supervisor Paul Griffin.
After uproar from homeowners in multiple neighborhoods near the proposed location, Bishop and Griffin announced intentions in previous interviews and public meetings to change their vote.
“One of the main reasons I changed my vote is because the community wasn’t aware,” Griffin said Monday.
He asked that the board look into and adopt a policy regarding resort status that gives residents and supervisors notification of applications so they can be vetted.
“This happens so rare in our county that we don’t have any policies to kind of regulate it,” he said. “That the community don’t get hit with it three days before this vote and this board don’t get hit with it three days before we vote.”
Supervisors voted unanimously to rescind their approval for resort status and for Board Attorney Katie Bryant Snell to draft a resort status notification policy to be approved at a later date.