Picayune voters favor alcohol sales at restaurants; County still dry

PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - Picayune residents decided Tuesday to allow liquor sales in the city's restaurants. All other alcohol sales are still banned in Pearl River County.

Fourteen hundred residents voted to give Picayune resort status. That would allow the sale of liquor in specific areas within an otherwise dry county. Restaurants must still abide by the laws that require the alcohol be within a certain distance from schools and churches.

Only 535 people voted against the measure. Still, we found folks on both sides of the issue as they headed to the polls Tuesday. Some hoped a change would boost development in the city.

"If you've been here for a number of years, you've eaten at every place a 100 times. So it would be nice to get some decent restaurants in town," Richard Rutledge said.

But others felt the change was unnecessary, and unwanted.

"I prefer Picayune to stay just the way it is. That's why we moved, because we enjoy Picayune and we'd like to see it stay the way it is," Joanne Jorns said. "I think the restaurants and things will come here when the demographics are right and enough population and I think that's all we need."

Before restaurants can begin serving liquor by the glass, the city council must draft an ordinance with rules and regulations.

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