Macon Mayor Robert Reichert vetoed a law Thursday that would've restricted smoking in many public places.
City council passed the law last week.
After hearing the news, one downtown nightclub owner says he breathed a sigh of relief.
"My first thought was 'Yay!'" Phillip Sinclair owns Element on Cherry Street. He spoke out against the law to ban smoking in places like his bar at last Tuesday's full council session.
He says he's glad the mayor listened.
"It was kind of what we we're looking for," says Sinclair.
But for ordinance co-sponsor councilwoman Nancy White, the mayor's decision was baffling. "Bottom line," she says, "I think the mayor risked a real opportunity to demonstrate some leadership."
She says she and other co-sponsors met with Reichert early in the week after they heard he might be considering a veto.