Sunday beer limited, for now

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Elks Club who want the right to drink beer on Sundays at their private clubs got what they wanted from the City Commission at Monday night's meeting.

In doing so, they may have also opened the door for restaurants to sell beer on Sundays.

Commissioners, although somewhat divided on whether to allow beer sales only for private clubs or expand the newly drafted ordinance to include restaurants, agreed to go ahead with the first reading that applies to private clubs in an effort to speed up the process for them.

Commissioner Lynn Bowers suggested tabling the ordinance to discuss expanding it.

"I'm fine with this," Bowers said, "but if we're going to do this, why not go ahead and allow restaurants to sell on Sundays, too?"

However, attorney Steve Bolton, who is representing the clubs in their proposal, told commissioners they'd rather move ahead.

"We would really prefer and appreciate if tonight you would limit your consideration to our proposal," Bolton said.

Bolton told commissioners he was concerned that if they amended the ordinance and received a "storm of protest" that the original "modest proposal" on behalf of private charitable clubs might get lost in the shuffle.

Commissioner Andrew Layson said that wouldn't happen.

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