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Sunday liquor sales approved in Dacula — by one vote

DACULA — Sunday liquor sales is coming to Dacula — barely.

Tuesday’s unofficial results had 88 votes for the measure allowing Sunday liquor sales inside city limits, adding it to beer and wine referendum passed last year. There were 87 no votes.

There was one “spoiled” ballot.

“I’ve won by one vote and I’ve got beat by one vote, so every vote counts,” Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said. “That’s all I’ve got to say.”

Wilbanks said he thought the vote would be close because low turnout — “but not quite this close.”

Though the results still have to be validated by the city council, there won’t be any recount, Wilbanks said.

The decision essentially grants Dacula Cork and Bottle, the only liquor store in the city, the right to sell its spirits from 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Wilbanks and councilmen Wendell Holcombe and Greg Reeves all earned new terms in Tuesday’s election after running unopposed.