Council passes 2 a.m. alcohol sales limit
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Council has voted to stop allowing the sale of beer and alcohol at liquor and convenience stores after 2 o'clock in the morning.
Opponents of the newly passed ordinance say it's simply just unfair -- if Metro Council is trying to tackle violence and alcohol, what about bars?
"The problem is not the liquor stores, I'm just upset because it should have been across the board," said Sandra Fant.
Fant owns "The Liquor Store" at the corner of 27th and Broadway. She says she'll have to lay off an employee since her store will have to close at 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m.
"When somebody wants a drink what are you telling them? To go sit at a bar and drink and leave driving?" she asked.
Thornton's Vice President, David Bridgers issued this statement: "While we are disappointed with the vote, we respect and will obey Metro Council's decision to eliminate alcohol sales after 2 a.m.…however, this will limit our ability to serve our loyal customers."
The main sponsors of the bill argued the ordinance was needed to reduce crime. John Owen of the Portland Business Association pulled police reports for the past five years. He found 160 citations were issued at Louisville bars and nightclubs but only 30 at Liquor Stores.
"If we're talking about alcohol related offenses then to properly do this then you can't exclude the bars on Bardstown Road, NuLu, 4th Street Live," said Owen.
"At 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning when you have people hanging in the parking lots creating a lot of disturbance in the neighborhood it really effects the quality of life of the people living around there," said Metro Council member, David James.
The change would only affect stores under Metro Government's jurisdiction. That excludes stores in Jeffersontown, St Matthews, and Shively.
Mayor Fischer is expected to sign the new ordinance into law. It will take effect December 11st.
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