City of Harlan might go moist

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

Folks in one Eastern Kentucky city will vote if restaurants can serve alcohol.

More than 200 people signed a petition to allow those that live in the city of Harlan to vote if restaurants can sell alcoholic beverages by the drink.
In just a few months voters will decide if Harlan should be what's called a "moist city."

Terenda Fee only wants to sip on her soft drink at her favorite restaurant.

She does not want folks in the city to have the option to get an alcoholic beverage.

"I think the crime rate will grow. We will have more drunk drivers. I 'd like to see Harlan stay the way it is," said Fee.

Those in support of the petition say this will only help the city.

"To make money...the people would like it if we sold margaritas here," said Pedro Romans.

One restaurant manager says it will be a boost to the local economy.
"A lot of people come in here. We could make more business if we served alcohol," said Roman.

Even if the drinks bring in more dollars, one restaurant owner says he is sticking to his morals.

"I wasn't raised that way. I just don't believe in drinking," said Ken Moody.

Voters will get to have their say in the next election.

There are two main rules that are in this petition.

It says dining facilities have to be able to seat at least one hundred people and get at least 70 percent of the gross income from food sales.

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