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City plans permanent ban on bottle clubs

Franklin has taken steps to ban bottle clubs, places where members bring their own alcohol for consumption.

Law Director Donnette Fisher recommended approval of an emergency ordinance for a moratorium on bottle clubs as well as introducing a separate ordinance making the ban permanent.

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Bottle clubs do not serve alcoholic beverages; instead, members bring their own alcoholic beverages.

Fisher said that these private clubs involve “unlicensed use and consumption of alcohol, which may include underage drinking, over-consumption, operating a vehicle under the influence, public intoxication and illegal types of alcohol.”

There are currently no bottle clubs in the city, according to City Manager Sonny Lewis. He said the city is being “proactive” with these measures.

All seven council members approved the emergency ordinance Monday for the moratorium, which took immediate effect and expires July 1.

The separate ordinance that was introduced to make the bottle club ban permanent will have a public hearing at council’s May 15 meeting. If approved, that permanent ordinance would repeal the moratorium and effect on June 14.

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