Sunday alcohol sales up for vote in Ashland

ASHLAND, Ky. (WYMT/WSAZ) - Voters in Ashland will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether local establishments can sell
alcohol on Sundays, after noon.

Fiesta Bravo has been an Ashland staple for 25 years. The assistant manager says the restaurant loses business on Sunday's to
sports bars, within driving distance, in both West Virginia and Ohio.

"I'd love to see our tables filled with people here on a Sunday to watch NASCAR or football," Goldie Benting, manager said. "If we had alcohol on Sundays, I think we'd draw a great crowd."

Tuesday's vote has got people talking, not just about the issue, but the election itself.

"I think this should have come before city commissioners," Dr. Floyd Paris said.

Paris is the United Baptist Church on 29th Street and has been an outspoken opponent since the start.

"I don't think that the way it's currently worded and the petition they had to get it as a referendum," Paris said. "I don't think it's legitimate and I don't think it's going to stand up, even if the vote passes."

The polls are only open to people who live in the Moore and Central Districts of Ashland. It's two districts voting on the same issue and the outcome could be different in each.

The Boyd County Clerk, Debbie Jones, says that means two outcomes could surprise a lot of people.

"Because of the dividing line between the districts, there are restaurants across the street from other," Jones said. "One could potentially be eligible to have Sunday sales, and the other across the street could not."

There is only one polling place on Tuesday. It will be at the Ashland Fire Department on Carter Avenue. The polls are open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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