Manteo Passes Referendum To Allow Mixed Drink Sales

A referendum to allow restaurants and bars to sell mixed liquor drinks in one town on the Outer Banks has passed.

The Dare County Board of Elections says the referendum in Manteo passed Tuesday with a vote of 163-102. As of now, those results are considered unofficial.

This is the second successful liquor by the drink referendum on the Outer Banks in the past six months, according to the Virginian Pilot. Voters in Hatteras Island's Southern Villages made the same move in December. The towns of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon will hold similar referendums in July.


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  • by Junkman Location: Nags Head on Jun 8, 2011 at 03:28 PM
    Great news. Prohibition ended in the 1930's and Manteo is finally into the latter part of the 20th century. If someone doesn't like drinking - then don't drink. If nobody else does, then the bars will go out of business - end of discussion. Sounds like a free market issue....I'll drink to that.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    That's GREAT. That's great for the economy down here and it will mean less drinking and driving down around Manteo and even Wanchese. My father in law is happy about that referendum coming in and has been waiting for the longest time. He likes to go out every now and then but would always have to drive to the beach to have a nice meal with a mixed drink or two with my mother in law.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    works well for the marc basnight fishing castle that the taxpayers paid for.
  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:30 AM
    Nice to hear. Legislation has never curtailed problems associated with alcohol and/or drug abuse. Education, prevention, and treatment does.
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      by Junkman on Jun 8, 2011 at 03:30 PM in reply to Fact Bringer
      Agreed. If someone has a problem, lets treat it as such and with dignity for the person's needs.
  • by Mike on Jun 8, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    Its about time. I stayed in manteo last year for a week and couldnt get a drink anywhere. So this year i stayed elsewhere. Looks like next year ill be back in manteo for the week. Way to go.
  • by Rodney D. Location: Greenville on Jun 8, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    YEA!! Now I can gets my drink on!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 06:31 AM
    Doesn't help a thing. More Drunks, more DWI's is all its going to do. Gives drinkers more of an excuse to do crazy, and unhealthy things.
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      by obx local on Jun 8, 2011 at 09:18 AM in reply to
      A drinker is going to get a drink no matter. Atleast some will be closer to home so they can walk if they have to. It may help more than hurt...but some people dont care about that they assume all drinkers will drive. By allowing it in manteo it means the bars up the beach will be less crowded...leading to less fights in bars.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 02:47 AM
    who cares.Only the rich can afford to go to the beach to start with anymore.Better off to stay home and drink if you can afford it.
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      by Jen on Jun 9, 2011 at 07:11 AM in reply to
      I am not sure to why it is such a big deal. It will only help the town of manteo and the business's. Liquor by the drink will obviously bring manteo thousands of dollars in taxes and revenue. For those that argue that drinking is immoral that is ridiculous. Jesus drank wine. His first miracle was changing water to wine. It is simple, if you don't want to drink liquor then don't. Finally, people are responsible for their own actions, liquor is not. If i have a drink then i will not drink and drive. Those that do are dumb and irresponsible.
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