Jeffrey Dehner, Armstrong Development's attorney, pithily defined "proper manner": "Milton is opposed to growth. They want nice looking wholesome developments only."
Council members Julie Zahner-Bailey and Alan Tart raised the motion to defer, at different intervals, with no seconds as the additional members sought clarification of the city's rights. Citing the law, City Attorney Ken Jarrard noted that any business meeting the requirements is entitled to the license. The Colemans qualified, and received it.
JUST COKE AND PEPSI: NO LIQOUR FOR YOU
The zoning confusion left the Colemans' parcel with no conditions attached, while forcing Allen to comply with newer and more cumbersome laws, putting them at a huge competitive disadvantage. Although the council opposed the sale of packaged liquor in Milton, they had no choice but to vote in Coleman's favor.
As a Milton ordinance forbids the issuance of a liquor license within 500 yards of an existing package store, Allen is out of luck. Outside city hall, he summed up his grievances: "I'm able to pay the bills. But I wanted more than that. I wanted what most business owners want -- to make money. There goes thirty percent of my projected business."
And another potential commercial taxpayer bites the Milton dust.