Dunwoody City Council apparently has let die a proposal to let residents bring their own alcoholic beverages to city events where alcohol is served.

Although no vote was taken, a majority of council members spoke against the proposal at the council’s Aug. 12 meeting. They argued the proposed ordinance could have unintended consequences and might mean a loss of control over people who drank alcohol while attending large public events, such as the annual Lemonade Days festival.

“I just don’t want to see people rolling around with a beer at Lemonade Days,” Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said.

Mayor Mike Davis estimated that if the proposal came to a vote, it would be defeated 6-1.

Only Councilman Denis Shortal spoke in favor of the plan. He said the ordinance would allow residents to bring their own beer and wine to events such as Food Truck Thursdays, where vendors sell the beverages. “Other cities around us do this …  Why shouldn’t we let our citizens do it?” Shortal asked.

The proposal had been presented to council before and met similar opposition, so city officials said it likely would not be revived in the future.

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