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Residents petition for wet-dry vote at Fourth Street Live

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Some Metro Council members think stopping package liquor stores from selling liquor after 2 a.m. would reduce crime in the west end but some liquor store owners are fighting back by pushing for a wet-dry vote at Fourth Street Live.

Those liquor store owners say there's just as much alcohol related crime at 4h Street as there is in the west end but council members disagree.

"A wet-dry vote for 4th Street Live has nothing to do with what we're talking about," said David James, Metro Council.

There's an ordinance pending before the Metro Council that calls for eliminating the 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. retail package liquor license in Metro Louisville.

Council members say most of the liquor stores with those extended hours are in the west end.

"We're talking about trying to improve the quality of lives for people that live in those areas," James told WDRB.

But some liquor store owners and west end residents disagree, which is why they've started a petition pushing for a wet-dry vote that would apply to downtown Louisville's 4th Street Live.

"I feel that's selective enforcement and should be unconstitutional to pick on the liquor stores when the bars are the problem," said Sandra Fant, a liquor store owner.

"If the city is so concerned about alcohol problems in this city then let's start at the heart of it."

West end resident John Owen says the most alcohol related arrests are on 4th Street, so if any area should stop selling liquor, it's that district.

He says he only needs 73 signatures to get a wet-dry election.

"To prove the point of how wrong this council is and it comes down to doing a wet-dry election, then let it go dry," said Owen.

"4th Street is one of our selling points for our city. It provides a lot of economic development for our city," said Councilman James. "It provides places for people to have entertainment in our city and if Mr. Owen wants to champion that clause and try killing that for this city, then it would rest on his shoulders."

James says the crime in the west end and the arrests happening at 4th Street are different.

While 4th Street arrests might be alcohol related, he says they aren't as frequent as those happening near the liquor stores in the west end.

"Within a thousand feet of one of the liquor stores we're talking about on West Broadway, police made 362 runs to that area just this year alone," James told WDRB.

Just the thought of 4th Street Live going dry has some employees worried.

"I personally think it would hinder finances as well as the bar sales," said Ricky Bennett, a Sully's employee.

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