Local Liquor Laws Prove To Be Divisive Issue

Changing local liquor laws continues to be a divisive issue in Eastern Carolina. For proof, look no further than the results of Tuesday's election.

Two counties and two towns held referendums on whether to allow bars and restaurants to sell liquor by the drink. Two passed it, and two shot it down. In some cases, the final vote tally was incredibly close.

Bertie County did not pass the liquor by the drink referendum. It failed by only 13 votes. However, it passed, barely, in Washington County, with 51 percent voting for it, and 49 percent against it. Another close tally from La Grange in Lenoir County, which did not approve the referendum, 53 percent to 47 percent. The most comfortable margin was in the Carteret County town of Newport, which passed the measure with 65 percent of the vote.


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  • by lisa Location: windsor on Nov 11, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    what booming restaurants are there in windsor or any where in Bertie co. simply dying to create revenue? What booming anything is in this place; lascas, the oyster bar, the coutry clubs? 13 votes, i know you mad!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Bertie County on Nov 6, 2009 at 10:03 AM
    If liquor by the drink is not passed, people will go to other counties to participate. Why give other counties the revenue when it can be used in our own? It makes sense to have it passed. And if a person wants to drink, he or she will do so and drive if they please. Get with the program.
  • by Mike on Nov 5, 2009 at 03:28 PM
    This Is ridiculos.What would the point be in preventing this.One mixed drink is equal to one beer,unless a double is ordered.All this is gonna do is cost local restraunts the much needed revenue that is so hard to come by these days.I personally drink mixed drinks and very seldom drink beer and i will choose full service establishment over a beer only everytime.Going out to eat is a treat to my family and is therfore treated that way.No differnt than choosing a motel with or with out a pool.Im sick of big brother making these decisions with out imput from us.Pepole die its a fact of life.If we continue to try and save every life by elimating common sense where are we gonna be then.Just watch the movie idiocricy for some inspiration.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    OMGosh, do you have kids? I am sure you do not. If I had my way, there would be no liquor, beer, wine nor drugs. No, I would not have the world jacked up in church every second either. I am NOT elderly. I'm still in my prime. If you had a kid strung out on drugs and liquor (not beer or wine) you would sing a different tune.
  • by K Location: NC on Nov 5, 2009 at 10:31 AM
    People who are going to drink and drive are going to do so anyway. Just because you can or can't sell liquor by the drink doesn't matter. If they don't get drunk off the liquor, they can still get drunk off the beer and wine.
  • by OMGosh Location: Greenville on Nov 5, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    The story has nothing to do with drinking and driving. In CA where liqour can be bought pretty much anywhere (grocery stores, pharmacys, stand alone liqour stores), they do not seem to have WORSE problems than what we have here in Eastern NC. People will drink and drive, even if they never got the alcohol from restaurants...it's called drinking at home. The people who voted it down are all the elderly ones...but that generation is soon to pass.
  • by Southern Born Location: NC on Nov 5, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    I can tell that "Really?" and "OMGosh" do NOT have children. We are looking for a nice place to raise your kids. The darn drugs are bad enough. Then we have to put up with idiots drinking and driving. If you do not drink and drive, then I am NOT talking to you. You better go back to the old way of doing things. If you don't like it down South in the "bible belt"-----MOVE~!!
  • by Really? on Nov 5, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    Are we having this discussion in 2009? Lift these ancient restrictions and put some cash in the local economy.
  • by OMGosh Location: Greenville on Nov 5, 2009 at 06:45 AM
    Not quite sure I understand the story, but I do know there's a conflict in interest when it comes to liquor. Wake up Eastern NC, we don't live in prehistoric bible times. It's 2009. CA and other Western States don't have problems with their liqour laws. Every Pharmacy sells liqour and they have HUGE signs out front that say "Liqour", liqour is sold even in grocery stores!! No problems there, trust me I just came from there...talk about culture shock when I came back into the bible belt south...
  • by Free Will Location: ENC on Nov 5, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    People will drink how much they want they will just have to go to another county and do it. Less revenue for the counties/towns that voted it down.
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